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Campus Sexual Assaults

Sexual assault on college and university campuses is occurring at an alarming rate. The majority of these are date/acquaintance rapes perpetrated against women by men.

It is NEVER the victim/survivor’s fault no matter what she wore, where she was, whether or not she fought back, or whether or not she and the perpetrator were drinking. Perpetrators are 100% responsible for their actions.


  • One in four women in college today have been victims of rape, and almost 90% of them knew their assailants.
  • Just fewer than 3 percent of all college women become victims of rape (either completed or attempted) in a given 9 month academic year.
  • 55% of female students and 75% of male students involved in acquaintance rape admit to having been drinking or using drugs when the incident occurred.
  • Less than 5 percent of completed and attempted rapes of college students are brought to the attention of campus authorities and/or law enforcement.
  • The National Crime Victimization Survey data revealed that 1.4 per 1,000 college men report rape or sexual assault victimization each year.
  • Over 50% of those who’ve experienced vaginal, oral, or anal intercourse against their will label their experience as something other than rape.
  • In over 50% of acquaintance and date rape incidents, the perpetrator and/or victim had been using alcohol.
  • The majority of rapes—between 80 and 90 percent—occur between victims and assailants who know each other.
  • 90% of all campus rapes occur when alcohol has been used by either the assailant or the victim.
  • Eight in ten college rapes involved someone the attacker knew, more than half involved a date. Eighty-six percent of these rapes occurred in off-campus housing or in a car. Prior to their rape, 42 % of victims had been virgins.
  • Recent figures report more than 55,000 American women are raped each month – over 1,800 per day.
  • Fifty-five percent of college men who acknowledged committing a sexual assault on a date reported being under the influence of alcohol at the time. In the same study, 53 percent of college women who experienced sexual aggression on a date reported they were under the influence at the time of the assault as well.

This fact sheet was updated in 2008 by the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Inc. (WCASA).


The information supplied by this website is not to be considered legal or medical advice. The website is strictly for informational purposes only.

by greenc08 — last modified May 10, 2011 02:36 PM