Facts About Sexual Violence

The majority of sexual assaults are perpetrated by someone the survivor knows.

It has been estimated that between 80 and 90 percent of rapes are committed by someone who is acquainted with the survivor in some way, such as a friend, co-worker, classmate, partner, or ex-partner.1 Due to the common misconception that rape is committed by lethal strangers, half of all student victims do not label acquaintance rape as "rape."2 This contributes to why rape is a highly underreported crime.

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The majority of sexual assaults are NOT reported.

Sexual assault is considered to be the "most underreported crime in America," according to a report by the National Institute of Justice.1 Less than 5% of completed and attempted rapes on college campuses are brought campus authorities or law enforcement.2 3 The National Crime Victimization Survey estimates that 68% of all sexual assaults are not reported.4

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Students who are sexually assaulted will most likely tell their friends first.

Since survivors are likely to tell their friends first, it is important for college students to consider themselves active bystanders and to train themselves on how to respond to a disclosure of sexual assault. First responders can help victims of sexual assault recognize what has happened to them as a crime and policy violation, and can encourage them to report the assault or to seek help. It is important to remember never to minimize or blame another student for an assault or for a situation that made them uncomfortable. Rather, encourage them to do one of the following: report the incident, get medical care if necessary, and/or seek out campus resources.

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