College Rape Culture: The facts

Posted at 9:42 AM, May 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-12 16:43:01-04

Research from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center found:

  • 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in College
  • 90% of sexual assault crimes on college campuses are never reported
  • Among college women, 9 out of 10 victims of sexual assault knew the person who assaulted them
  • In a nationwide survey, 37.4% of female rape victims were first raped between ages 18-24
  • 27% of college women have experiences some form of unwanted sexual contact
  • In 2014, 40% of colleges and universities reported not investigating a single sexual assault in the previous five years
  • 30% of colleges and universities offered no training on sexual assault to students nor law enforcement officers
  • 70% of colleges and universities did not have a protocol for working with local law enforcement
  • Of the self-reported perpetrators, 75% reported that they had used alcohol prior to their most recent perpetration incident. Incidents involving alcohol were much more likely to include attempted or completed rape than incidents without alcohol
  • Nearly two-thirds of college students experience sexual harassment, and less than 10% of these students tell a college or university employee
  • 63.3% of men at one university who self-reported acts qualifying as rape or attempted rape admitted to committing repeat rapes
  • Each rape costs approximately $151,423
  • Annually, rape costs the U.S. more than any other crime ($127 billion), followed by assault ($93 billion), murder ($71 billion), and drunk driving ($61 billion)

Prevention programs:

  • The White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault
  • It’s On Us Campaign
  • Title IX

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