Why Higher Ed Needs Campus Safety Training: Stats That Will Make You Sick

When I was in college… 

    • I was harassed by a professor – and even though I had straight A’s, I was given a “D” because I wouldn’t give in.*
    • I was a Resident Assistant at my dorm and worked with 3 rape victims in 3 months.
    • I was slipped a “roofie” at a party – and luckily was rescued by my roommate.
    • And I was stalked.

 

Sounds like a lot for a kid - and it was.  Sadly, it is much worse today. Here are some statistics from Campus Safety Magazine:

  • Between 20% and 25% of women will experience a completed and/or attempted rape during their college career.
  • More than half of raped college women tell no one of their victimization.
  • 80% of sexual assault and rape victims are under the age of 30
  • Persons with a disability had an age-adjusted rate of rape or sexual assault that was more than twice the rate for persons without a disability
  • Juveniles (youth ages 17 and under) account for almost 90% of male victims in every type of sex crime.
  • 99% of people who rape are men.
  • In 1 in 3 sexual assaults, the perpetrator was intoxicated.
  • Only about 2% of all sexual assault accusations reported to police turn out to be false. This is the same rate of false reporting as other types of violent crimes.
  • Victims were on a date with the perpetrator in 12.8% of completed rapes and 35% of attempted rapes.
  • 43% of the sexual victimization incidents involve alcohol consumption by victims and 69% involve alcohol consumption by the perpetrators.
  • College freshmen and sophomore women appear to be at greater risk of being victims of sexual assault than are upperclassmen. 84% of the women who reported sexually coercive experiences experienced the incident during their first four semesters on campus.
  • Students living in sorority houses and on-campus dormitories are 3 times and 1.4 times (respectively) more likely to be raped than students living off-campus.
  • 38% of college-aged women who have been sexually victimized while in college had first been victims prior to entering college, making past victimization the best predictor of future victimization.
  • At least 50% of college student sexual assaults are associated with alcohol use.
  • Fraternity men have been identified as being more likely to perpetrate sexual assault or sexual aggression than nonfraternity men.
  • College men who participated in aggressive sports (including football, basketball, wrestling and soccer) in high school used more sexual coercion (along with physical and psychological aggression) in their college dating relationships than men who had not. This group also scored higher on attitudinal measures thought to be associated with sexual coercion, such as sexism, acceptance of violence, hostility toward women and rape myth acceptance.
  • 90% of acquaintance rapes involve alcohol.
  • 30% of the college women who said they had been raped contemplated suicide after the incident.
  • 44% of sexual assault and rape victims are under the age of 18.

 

These sad statistics are all the reasons that Campus Safety & Compliance training courses are needed at every college and university in the USA, for every student, staff, faculty, and volunteer.  That, and the fact that many Federal Acts (The Clery Act, Title IX, VAWA, Title VI, and more) require any higher education institution that accepts any federal funds to deliver this training to everyone at that institution.

 

As a student R.A. and university employee, I had some training but not this kind of training. Reading the stats above leaves me speechless. As a parent, it makes me ill.  I’m proud that our company offers Campus Safety & Compliance training.

 

* As for this professor, I filed a complaint and was given a hearing at my university. I provided evidence and witnesses, and I won.  He was fired and my grade was adjusted to an A.

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