College Sexual Assaults Often Go Unreported; Change On The Way?

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Although the Federal Clery Act requires U.S. colleges to document and disclose all sexual assaults that occur on their campuses annually, universities can only tabulate reported incidents; and sexual assaults often go unreported. To address the problem, a number of students and experts on sexual violence are pushing universities to conduct comprehensive student surveys.

While some schools have been accused of manipulating the statistics — as alleged in complaints against the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the University of Southern California — the major obstacle for most universities lies in the nature of the crime itself.

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Multiple studies have shown sexual violence to be an under-reported crime. It’s estimated that between one-quarter and one-fifth of college women experience sexual assault, but fewer than half of victims ever report it to authorities, according to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network.

According to one 2000 Bureau of Justice Statistics/Department of Justice study, fewer than 5 percent of completed and attempted rapes of women in college were reported to law enforcement officials, and that number drops still lower for other forms of sexual assault.

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