What You Must Know About Campus Sexual Assault Right Now

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When I checked out the news this morning, there was a story about a sexual assault on a well known university near my home.  Sigh…..

It is that time of year again isn’t it?  So I decided to share with readers a page that they can bookmark and get a great deal of information from.  I wanted to save you some search engine time.  

In this post I have provided statistics, my gathering of resources, some of the latest news stories surrounding campus sexual assault and even a link to The Federal Campus Sexual Assault Victim’s Bill of Rights.  

**  Please keep in mind that though we tend to focus on able-bodied heterosexual females, others are at risk as well:  heterosexual males, LGBT, people with disabilities, minorities, and immigrants.


  • It is estimated that for every 1,000 women attending a college or university, there are 35 incidents of rape each academic year.
  • Less than 5% of completed or attempted rapes against college women were reported to law enforcement.  However, in 2/3rds of the incidents the victim did tell another person, usually a friend, not family or school officials.
  • Off-campus sexual victimization is much more common among college women than on-campus victimization.  Of victims of completed rape 33.7% were victimized on campus and 66.3% off campus.
  • In one study, one in 20 (4.7%) women reported being raped in college since the beginning of the year – a period of approximately 7 months – and nearly three quarters of those rapes (72%) happened with the victims were so intoxicated they were unable to consent or refuse.

  • 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.

  • Women from colleges with medium and high binge-drinking rates had more than a 1.5-fold increased chance of being raped while intoxicated than those from schools with low binge-drinking rates.

  • Women who had practiced binge-drinking in high school had an increased likelihood of rape while intoxicated.
Mohler-Kuo, M., Dowdall, G., Koss, M., & Wechsler, H. (2004). Correlates of Rape While Intoxicated in a National Sample of College Women. Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 65, 37-45.

  • Most victims of physically forced or incapacitated sexual assault were assaulted by someone they knew (79% and 88%).

  • Freshmen and sophomores are at greater risk for victimization than juniors and seniors.
Krebs, C.P., Lindquist, C.H., Warner, T.D., Fisher, B.S., & Martin, S.L. (2007). The Campus Sexual Assault (CSA) Study. National Institute of Justice.

Resource Roundup

National Sexual Violence Resource Center: Campus Sexual Violence Resource List   Helpful for Student Activists, Law Enforcement.  Includes statistics, research, and general information.

The Federal Campus Sexual Assault Victim’s Bill of Rights:  from The Clery Center for Security on Campus

Full Reports from The Center for Public Integrity: Sexual Assault on Campus:  The Center for Public Integrity is a Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize.  This study is  presented in an engaging fashion. 

The Realities of Sexual Assault on Campus:  One word: Thorough.  I like this source for parents, friends, campus administration/staff; yeah, everybody.  It provides definitions of sexual assault, prevention tips, and even steps to take should the unfortunate happen.  

Ending Campus Sexual Assault Tool Kit:  A great tool produced by The American Association of University Women (AAUW) 

This is a full packet designed for the media who may be reporting on sexual assault cases.  However, it is great for any members of the public.  You can download statistics, crime reports, and even tips on talking with Survivors.  
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