Sexual Violence on College Campuses| Campus Grant Program | Campus Climate Surveys | Resources Technical Assistance | Campus Reports to Congress Sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking are serious problems on college and university campuses.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 50% of women report experiencing their first incident of intimate partner violence between 18 and 24 years of age.
Being a victim of dating violence and intimate partner violence is related to a host of detrimental health and social functioning outcomes, such as academic failure, depression or anxiety, and alcohol and drug abuse.
Unfortunately, young victims of dating violence are often hesitant to come forward because of societal stigma and fear of retribution.
The university environment can further exacerbate the fear associated with domestic violence.
In a 2016 study released by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), an average of approximately 21% of undergraduate women across the nine schools participating in the study reported experiencing sexual assault since entering college.
Non-heterosexual college females reported significantly higher rates than their heterosexual female peers. “Self-rated health in relation to rape and mental health disorders in a national sample of college women.” Journal of American College Health, 59(7), 588-594.
Her ex-boyfriend, George Huguely, has been charged with first-degree murder.
Huguely, who also played lacrosse, had a reputation for partying hard and becoming violent.
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These regulations, along with the new report from the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, released today, signal a new era for campuses – one in which these issues are at the forefront of the nation’s consciousness and institutions are held to higher account in addressing them.