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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.