sexual assault

Young adults ages 18-24 are at high risk for sexual assault and sexual violence. Sadly, sexual assault is rampant on college campuses. In fact, sexual violence is more pervasive on college campuses compared to other crimes: college women are twice as likely to be sexually assaulted as they are to be robbed.

College campus sexual assault statistics

  • Overall, 11.2 percent of college students are subjected to rape or sexual assault through physical force or violence.
    • Among graduate and professional college students, 8.8 percent of women and 2.2 percent of men are subjected to rape or sexual assault through physical force or violence.
    • Among undergraduate students, 23.1 percent of women and 5.4 percent of men experience rape or sexual assault through physical force or violence.
  • Overall, 4.2 percent of students experience stalking while enrolled in college.
  • Male college-aged students ages 18-24 are 78 percent more likely than non-students of the same age to be a victim of rape or sexual assault.
  • Conversely, female college-aged students ages 18-24 are 20 percent less likely than non-students of the same age to be a victim of rape or sexual assault.
  • About one in six college-aged female sexual assault survivors sought and receive assistance from a victim services agency.
  • Transgender, gender-queer, non-conforming (TGQN ) college students endure higher rates of sexual assault compared to the non-TGQN college population: Twenty-one percent of TGQN students compared to 18.2 percent of non-TGQN women and four percent of non-TGQN men.
  • Just like sexual assaults outside of college campuses, victims of sexual violence ages 18-24 often do not report the crime to law enforcement.
    • Twenty percent of female students report a sexual assault to law enforcement.
    • Thirty-two percent of non-student females report a sexual assault to law enforcement.
  • Students are at a higher risk for sexual assault in the first few months and first and second semesters at college:
    • More than half of campus sexual assaults occur in either August, September, October or November.
  • The way that campus law enforcement is setup to handle sexual assault can have a dramatic impact on how cases are responded to and handled.
    • Eight-six percent of sworn campus law enforcement officials have legal authority to make an arrest outside of their campus grounds.
    • Eight-six percent of sworn campus law enforcement agencies have a staff member responsible for rape prevention programming.
    • Seventy percent of campus law enforcement agencies have memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with local law enforcement.
    • Seventy-two percent of campus law enforcement agencies have a staff member responsible for survivor response and assistance.

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