- Campus climate surveys and academic research consistently report a high prevalence of sexual assault among college students: approximately 1 in 4 female undergraduates and nearly 1 in 14 male undergraduates experience sexual violence after enrolling in their college or university (Cantor et al., 2019).
- Transgender students experience an elevated risk of victimization: One survey of students at 33 colleges showed that nearly 23% of undergraduate trans/nonbinary/gender-questioning students had experienced nonconsensual sexual contact involving physical force or incapacitation (Cantor et al., 2019).
- It’s not just sexual assault that is commonplace: Of students who said they had been in a relationship while enrolled at school, 10% reported experiencing some form of intimate partner violence (Cantor et al, 2019).
- Many students experience sexual assault before they enroll in college. A rigorous climate survey at Columbia University found that 26% of female students, 9% of male students, and 47% of gender nonconforming students experienced sexual assault before they arrived on campus (Mellins et al, 2017).
Cantor, D., Fisher, B., Chibnall, S., Harps, S., Townsend, R., Thomas, G., Lee, H., Kranz, V., Herbison, R., & Madden, K. (2019). Report on the AAU Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct. Association of American Universities. https://www.aau.edu/key-issues/campus-climate-and-safety/aau-campus-climate-survey-2019
Mellins CA, Walsh K, Sarvet AL, Wall M, Gilbert L, Santelli JS, et al. (2017) Sexual assault incidents among college undergraduates: Prevalence and factors associated with risk. PLoS ONE, 12(11): e0186471. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0186471