Study: University sexual assault reports differ greatly when under investigation

"Higher education institutions are required by law to report campus crimes. Under the Clery Act, crime rates should be made public. While many universities and colleges do report their criminal cases, a new study found that when it comes to sexual assault, an overwhelming amount of schools report very different rates when they are under federal investigation, oppose to when they are not under the microscope.

Sexual assault survivor urges other women to come forward

"In the wake of a new University of Kansas professor's study about how often universities fail to report sexual assaults, a young survivor explains why it took her years to open up about what happened to her.

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One in five women on college campuses becomes the victim of a sexual assault, experts believe, but many never report the crime. A new study by University of Kansas law professor Corey Yung found that universities also play a role.

'The pattern, the norm, seems to be undercounting,' Yung said.

Universities undercount campus sexual assaults, study says

"A new report finds that colleges and universities are under-reporting on-campus sexual assaults, some even after they have been fined for doing so.

'When it comes to sexual assault and rape, the norm for universities and colleges is to downplay the situation and the numbers,' said Corey Rayburn Yung, the report's author and a law professor at the University of Kansas. 'The result is students at many universities continue to be attacked and victimized and punishment isn't meted out to the rapists and sexual assaulters.'"

Sexual Assault Under-Reported on U.S. College Campuses: Study

"Some U.S. universities and colleges appear to be under-reporting sexual assaults on their campuses, a new study concludes.

Researchers looked at data about on-campus sexual assaults reported by 31 large private and public universities and colleges during audits by the federal government. During the audits, the number of reported sexual assaults rose an average of 44 percent compared to previously reported figures.

Sexual Assault Under-Reported on U.S. College Campuses: Study

"Some U.S. universities and colleges appear to be under-reporting sexual assaults on their campuses, a new study concludes.

Researchers looked at data about on-campus sexual assaults reported by 31 large private and public universities and colleges during audits by the federal government. During the audits, the number of reported sexual assaults rose an average of 44 percent compared to previously reported figures.

Colleges Are Downplaying Sexual Assault Numbers, New Report Finds

"A new study published by the American Psychological Association finds that many colleges and universities are underreporting sexual assault cases on campus. Many of the schools had previously been cited by the U.S. Department of Education for underreporting, and some of them even heavily fined, which has apparently done nothing to make them more honest.

Documentary The Hunting Ground exposes campus sexual assaults

"'The problem of sexual assault on campuses is enormous.' (Young woman #1)

'I think it's fair to say that they (universities) cover these crimes up. There's a lot of victim blaming.' (Young woman #2)

These two lines are from a new US documentary, The Hunting Ground, which examines the prevalence of sexual assaults on campuses and allegations that colleges cover up the assaults.

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Study: Colleges Go Back To Under-Reporting Sexual Assaults After The Feds Leave

"A new study reveals that sexual assaults reported by colleges and universities tend to increase while under review, but as soon as the U.S. Department of Education finishes their investigations, the reports of sexual assault in annual crime statistics tend to drop sharply to pre-audit levels. This trend was specific to sexual assault cases and not for other types of serious crimes on campus."

Sweeping Campus Rape Reports Under the Rug

"There’s new evidence to suggest that college administrations are actively—and artificially—keeping campus rape numbers low. A study from the University of Kansas, published recently in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, found that when post-secondary schools are being audited for Clery Act violations—i.e. failure to report to the federal government the number of sexual assaults taking place on campus—the number of rape reports rose by 44 percent from pre-audit numbers."

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