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Statistics

Sexual Assault and Rape on College Campuses

For information on rates of sexual violence at Vassar College, please view data from our campus climate survey on sexual misconduct at www.vassar.edu/whathappenshere/

  • One in six female college students reported having been a victim of rape or attempted rape during the preceding year.
  • One in six men report being sexually assaulted before the age of 18.
  • 85% of rapes on campus are acquaintance rapes.
  • 27% of women have experienced a rape or attempted rape since age 14.
  • The majority of reported victims and offenders are college age, with the rape victimization highest among 16-19 year olds.
  • Only 27% of the women whose sexual assault met the legal definition of rape thought of themselves as rape victims.
  • 42% of college women who are raped tell no one about their assault.
  • 42% of the women who were raped said they had sex again with the men who assaulted them.
  • 42% of raped women said they expect to be raped again.
  • 84% of college men who committed rape said that what they did was definitely not rape.
  • 55% of the men who raped said they had sex again with their victims.
  • One in 15 male students reported committing a rape or attempting to commit rape during the preceding year.
  • Nearly one third of college men said they were likely to have sex with an unwilling partner if they thought they could get away with it.

Reporting statistics

  • 5% of college women who are raped report the rape to the police.
  • 5% of college women who are raped seek help at a rape crisis center.

Information taken from www.pennstate.edu; Statistics from I Never Called It Rape, by Robin Warshaw.