There’s No More Denying Campus Rape Is A Problem. This Study Proves It.

As many as one in four women experience sexual assault at college, though the vast majority never report it, according to a study of students at nine schools released Wednesday by the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

An average of 21 percent of female undergraduates at the unnamed colleges and universities told researchers they had been sexually assaulted since starting their higher education. One in four female seniors reported being sexually assaulted in their undergraduate years, with the rate ranging from a high of one in two at some of the schools that were studied to a low of one in eight.

The prevalence of campus sexual assault found by the federally funded study, while shocking, is similar to the results of earlier research. The new study also shows sexual violence varies considerably at different schools, said Christopher Krebs, a research scientist who was the report’s lead author.

“We don’t think of a single statistic is of interest to universities trying to combat this problem,” Krebs said. Instead, he explained, researchers tried to provide ranges of what students had experienced at the nine schools studied.

In the 2014-15 academic year, an average of 4.2 percent of female undergraduates said they had been raped, with the rate at some schools as high as 8 percent, according to the study. During the same year, an average of 10.3 percent reported being sexually assaulted.

The study defined rape as any penetrative sexual act, including oral sex, anal sex, intercourse or sexual penetration with a finger or object. The term sexual assault in the survey counted rape, as well as sexual battery — defined as “unwanted and nonconsensual sexual contact that involved forced touching of a sexual nature, not involving penetration.”

“We set a pretty high bar” in defining sexual assault, Krebs said. “We weren’t including —> Read More