Way Too Many Female Students Were Assaulted Last Year, Study Says

Lauren Duca | January 20, 2016 - 4:30 pm

New research by the Bureau of Justice Statistics found that way too many female students were assaulted last year. In a study of nine schools, including 15,000 female and 8,000 male students, an average of 10.3% of female students were victims of sexual assault across the 2014 to 2015 academic schedule.

Researchers defined “sexual assault” as “any unwanted and nonconsensual sexual contact that involved either sexual battery.” Or, in other words, the results remained disturbingly high, even without including harassment or coerced sexual content.

While the overwhelming takeaway is grounded the larger epidemic of sexual assault, it also reflects issues that may be specific to certain campus environments. The rates at the individual schools, none of which were specifically named in the paper, ranged from 4.2% to 20%. That means that one in every five women at the godforsaken “School 2″ has experienced rape, sexual assault or battery at some time in their college career.

These results are upsetting, but far from surprising. Right now, East Carolina University, Bard College and Southern Methodist University are all beset with reports or investigations regarding sexual assault, and that’s just this week.