A spotlight is now on sexual assault in college, as college administrators, students, parents, activists, the media, and federal educational regulators all grapple with the issue. Many want to know how common an experience sexual assault is for college women. Here we provide new estimates on the prevalence of sexual assault among college women from the Online College Social Life Survey Paula England, principal investigator , a survey of more than 20, students from 21 four-year colleges and universities in the U. We presented women taking the survey with three scenarios. We asked if each had ever happened to them since they started college. The questions read:.
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Unclear and conflicted internal disciplinary systems can compound their suffering, according to this series by InvestigateWest journalists Carol Smith and Lee van der Voo and edited by Rita Hibbard. Emily Lorenzen turned to college administrators for help after she was hazed into drinking too much alcohol and woke up naked in bed next to a persistent upperclassman whose advances she had spurned. She found a lack of concern and a desire to protect the university, and says the college investigation and disciplinary process victimized her again. But the experience spurred her father, then head of the board of higher education in the state of Oregon, to begin making changes in that state that could have long-ranging impact for young victims like Emily in the future. One reason the frequency of sexual assault on campuses continues to be high is that schools are in denial about the scope of the problem, say advocates and victims.
Sexual Violence Affects Millions of Americans. Read more statistics about about child sexual abuse. Read more statistics about campus sexual violence. The likelihood that a person suffers suicidal or depressive thoughts increases after sexual violence. People who have been sexually assaulted are more likely to use drugs than the general public.