Collecting accurate data on sexual assault is difficult due to victims’ reticence to report. It is estimated that approximately 70% of assaults are not reported by women, and even lower percentages for males. The most current data available, Dec 2014, Lynn Langton, PhD, Bureau of Justice Statistics shows the following:
- One in five women is sexually assaulted while in college.
- A significant number of men also are sexually assaulted during college.
- 75 - 80% of these assaults are by someone they know.
- At least 50% of sexual assaults among college students involve alcohol consumption by the perpetrator, the victim, or both.
- About 1 in 4 women, and 1 in 13 men will experience stalking.
- Up to 1 in 3 relationships have abuse present.
- Partner violence occurs in same-sex couples about same rate as heterosexual couples.
The Clery Act requires colleges and universities to publish an annual report every year that contains 3 years of crime statistics and certain policy statements including sexual assault policies which assure basic victims’ rights.