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

HealthDay News
Monday, February 2, 2015

"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.

After the audits ended, the reported number of sexual assaults fell to pre-audit levels. This finding suggests that some schools provide accurate statistics about sexual crimes only when they're under government scrutiny, according to the study.

'When it comes to sexual assault and rape, the norm for universities and colleges is to downplay the situation and the numbers,' study author Corey Rayburn Yung, a law professor at the University of Kansas, said in an American Psychological Association news release.

'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,' he added."