15
Dec

U.S. Department of Justice – Rape and Sexual Assault Report

Special Report on Rape and Sexual Assault Victimization Among College-Age Females 1995-2013

Sofi Sinozich, BJS Intern
Lynn Langton, Ph.D., BJS Statistician 

Some Highlights:

This report uses the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) to compare the rape and sexual assault victimization of female college students and nonstudents.

  • When comparing The rate of rape and sexual assault was 1.2 times higher for nonstudents (7.6 per 1,000) than for students (6.1 per 1,000).
  • For both college students and nonstudents, the offender was known to the victim in about 80% of rape and sexual assault victimizations.
  • Most (51%) student rape and sexual assault victimizations occurred while the victim was pursuing leisure activities away from home, compared to nonstudents who were engaged in other activities at home (50%) when the victimization occurred.
  • „The offender had a weapon in about 1 in 10 rape and sexual assault victimizations against both students and nonstudents.
  • „Rape and sexual assault victimizations of students (80%) were more likely than nonstudent victimizations (67%) to go unreported to police.
  • „About a quarter of student (26%) and nonstudent (23%) victims who did not report to police believed the incident was a personal matter, and 1 in 5 (20% each) stated a fear of reprisal.
  • „Student victims (12%) were more likely than nonstudent victims (5%) to state that the incident was not important enough to report.
  • „Fewer than 1 in 5 female student (16%) and nonstudent (18%) victims of rape and sexual assault received assistance from a victim services agency.

See Full Report

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