- Campus climate surveys and academic research consistently report a high prevalence of sexual assault among college students: approximately 1 in 5 female students and 1 in 20 male students are victimized while living on or near campus at a 4-year college (Washington Post & Kaiser Family Foundation, 2015).
- Transgender students experience an elevated risk of victimization: One survey of students at 27 colleges showed that 24% of trans students had experienced nonconsensual sexual contact involving physical force or incapacitation (Cantor et al., 2015).
- 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, 2015).
- 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., Townsend, R., Lee, H., Bruce, C., & Thomas, G. (2015). Report on the AAU Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct. Retrieved from: https://www.aau.edu/uploadedFiles/AAU_Publications/AAU_Reports/Sexual_Assault_Campus_Survey/AAU_Campus_Climate_Survey_12_14_15.pdf
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
Washington Post & Kaiser Family Foundation. (2015, June 12). Survey of college students on sexual assault. Retrieved from: http://apps.washingtonpost.com/g/page/national/washington-post-kaiser-family-foundationsurvey-of-college-students-on-sexual-assault/1726/