in 4 women on campuses are sexually assaulted before graduation: “According to a new report released Monday by the Association of American Universities, nearly 1 in 4 college women say they are sexually assaulted before they graduate. This is based on the responses of approximately 150,000 students at 27 top universities polled last spring. (Sexual assault is defined as any involuntary sexual act in which a person is coerced, or physically forced to engage in, against their will.)
These numbers are much higher than the 1 in 5 statistic reported in 2014, which prompted the Obama administration to create the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. Since then there has been a national push to explore the incidence of sexual assault on America’s college campuses.
The White House task force’s first report, “Not Alone,” also found that 3 out of 4 women sexually assaulted are either freshman or sophomores, and 84 percent of the time the perpetrator is another student. In the majority of cases, the victim knows her attacker, whether as an acquaintance, classmate, friend or (ex)-boyfriend.