A recent study examining crime statistics on college campuses has revealed that forcible sex offenses make up nearly half of the reported campus crimes at schools receiving federal funding. The analysis, based on data from the Education Department’s annual security reports, shows that robberies accounted for 2% of on-campus crime, aggravated assault 7%, motor-vehicle theft 12%, burglaries 32%, and forcible sex offenses 44%.
The study also highlights a significant increase in the reporting of sex offenses on college campuses. While the percentage of sex offenses in on-campus crime was under 10% in 2010, it has since risen to nearly 50%. This increase is attributed to a higher rate of reporting rather than a surge in the actual occurrence of such offenses.
Additional data from RAINN, an anti-sexual assault organization, estimates that approximately 13% of all students, both undergraduates and graduates, experience rape or sexual assault while in school.
In light of these findings, safety coach and personal protection expert recommends several safety measures for college students. These include practicing safe drinking habits, such as remaining sober when not in a secure environment, drinking only in familiar locations, and being cautious of drink tampering. The use of a buddy system is also advised, as perpetrators are less likely to target individuals in groups. Enabling location tracking on phones for trusted friends and maintaining vigilance in social settings are further recommended.
It is important to note that the Justice Department states that 90% of sexual assaults on campuses are perpetrated by individuals known to the victims, dispelling the common misconception of stranger assaults.