The Facts About College Sexual Violence
The Facts About Campus Sexual Violence
- 1 in 5 college students has been sexually assaulted. Young women ages 16 to 24 experience the highest rates of physical and sexual violence.
- About 3% of American men – or 1 in 33 – have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime.
- 75% of the men and 55% of the women involved in acquaintance rapes during college were drinking or taking drugs just before the attack.
- Among college women nearly 9 out of 10 women who are raped know their attacker.
- College women are at higher risk of sexual assault than their non-college-bound peers.
- 90% of campus rapes are perpetrated by repeat offenders.
- Serial offenders will commit an average of 6 assaults during their college years.
- Between 80-90% of rape and sexual assault victimizations of students go unreported to the police. However, in two-thirds of the incidents the victim did tell another person, usually a friend, not family or school officials.
- One study found that students living in sorority houses (3 times at risk) and on-campus dormitories (1.4 times at risk) were more likely to be raped than students living off-campus.
- Experts say false reports account for only 2-10% of charges made – meaning between 90-98% are true.
- 1 in 8 college students lives in Greek housing.
- Fraternity men are 3 times more likely to commit rape than other college men.
- In 2013, 60% of donations to universities of over $100 million came from fraternity alumni.
- One analysis found that sexual assault accounted for 15% of the insurance claims filed against fraternities.
- Only 3.3% of men are student athletes, but student athletes are responsible for 19% of sexual assaults.
- Recently, 95% of college presidents said they believe their institutions handle sexual assault properly.
- New York has 11 schools being investigated for Title IX violations, 2 of which are in Westchester.
- Punishment for sexual assault at some universities might be a suspension for as little as a week or even a day, an official warning, writing a paper, writing a book report, community service at a rape crisis center, or “expulsion after graduation.”
- In 2012, 40% of colleges reported no rapes. As of January 2015, 94 schools are being investigated for violations of Title IX in their handling of cases pertaining to sexual violence.
- It is believed that more than 100,000 students will be sexually assaulted during the coming school year.
Sources: National Institute of Justice Victimization of College Women Study; RAINN; Know your IX; Bureau of Justice Statistics