Sexual Assault Matters

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CAMPUS SEXUAL ASSAULT IS A SERIOUS PUBLIC HEALTH PROBLEM with extensive short- and long-term health consequences. In order to address sexual assault, colleges and universities must work with students and other key stakeholders to develop comprehensive prevention efforts that empower survivors, bring perpetrators to justice and create a culture that is intolerant of sexual violence.

Did You Know?

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1 in 5 college women and 

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1 in 16 college men 

are targets of attempted or completed sexual assault while they are college students.

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75-80% of reported cases, the victim knows her attacker. It is often an acquaintance, classmate, friend or (ex)boyfriend.

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50-79% of assaults involve alcohol consumption by the perpetrator, survivor or both.

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Only 2% of incapacitated sexual assault survivors and 13% of forcible rape survivors report the crime to campus or local law enforcement.

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40% of college survivors cited fear of retaliation by the perpetrator or the community as a reason for not reporting.