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College Rape Statistics

 As parents of high school seniors celebrate graduations and prepare to send their babies off to college, an unspoken threat waits for them campuses across the United States.  Universities bury discussions of sexual assaults on their campus, preferring colorful brochures featuring students strolling through Autumn leaves to the stark reality that campus sexual violence is an epidemic that almost no secondary learning institution is immune from.  One recent study suggested that as many as 20% or more of undergraduate females experience rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence or incapacitation.  Of those, less than 1/5th of them ever report the incidents to law enforcement.

College orientation speakers prefer handing out bumper stickers instead of pepper spray during parents visit weekend. Frankly, pepper spray or personal alarms would help the students be better prepared to be vigilant as they embark on one of their first steps towards independence.  

While we are not going to highlight specific campuses which have incident rates as high as 43 rapes in a single year, almost 100 colleges and universities had at least 10 reports of rape on their main campuses according to recent government data.  

In helping prepare students for the transition to college life, parents should have factual discussions with college-bound kids about the dangers of sexual predators that roam many college campuses.  An intentional plan to increase personal security starts with awareness and a methodical plan towards mitigating risk.  Alcohol, lack of physical training, lack of vigilance, and naivety can all be contributing factors towards higher vulnerability, but victims are never to blame. However, empowering students with awareness, tools, and action plans can better equip them to protect themselves in the event of a previously unimaginable, unwanted life altering assault.  

While we believe colleges should take a more proactive role in providing awareness and equipping students to fight back against campus-related sexual assaults, statistics show students can’t rely on campus security to eradicate incidents of sexual attacks.     

A little known repository of data exists courtesy of The United States Department of Education that tracks the past three years history of safety and security data for schools with the ability to contrast multiple schools.  Here's the link: