Counseling Services


Sexual Assault

 Statistics about Sexual Assault on College Campuses

The following statistics were compiled by the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault

  • At least 1 in 4 college women will be the victim of a sexual assault during her academic career.  Hirsch, Kathleen (1990) "Fraternities of Fear: Gang Rape, Male Bonding, and the Silencing of Women." Ms., 1 (2) 52-56.
  • At least 80% of all sexual assaults are committed by an acquaintance of the victim.  Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2001.
  • 48.8% of college women who were victims of attacks that met the study's definition of rape did not consider what happened to them rape.  Bureau of Justice Stats.  "Sexual Victimization of Collegiate Women" 2000, US DOJ.
  •  More than 70% of rape victims knew their attackers, compared to about half of all violent crime victims.  Dennison, Callie.   Criminal Victimization 1998.  Bureau of Justice Stats, DOJ.
  • There are 35.3 incidents of sexual assault per 1,000 female students on a campus as recorded over a 6.91 month period (the academic year of '96-'97) as reported in the 2000 DOJ Bureau of Justice Statistics report "The sexual Victimization of College Women."
  • On Average, at least 50% of college students' sexual assaults are associated with alcohol use. Abbey et al., 1996a, 1998; Copenhaver and Grauerholz, 1991; Harrington and Leitenberg, 1994; Presley et al., 199).  Koss (1988), Within the study's nationally represented sample of college students the results found that 74% of perpetrators and 55% of rape victims had been drinking alcohol prior to the assault.
  • In a survey of high school students, 56% of girls and 76% of boys [some of whom may be incoming college freshmen] believed forced sex was acceptable under some circumstances.  Acquaintance Rape:  The Hidden Crime, 1991.


  • As soon as you can, seek someone out that you trust and tell them what happened.  You need emotional support and someone who will be able to help you with creating a plan.
  • You may feel soiled and dirty, but it is important that you not bathe or wash any of the clothing that you were wearing until a medical professional has examined you.  In order to help ensure that your perpetrator is held accountable, authorities will need as much evidence as possible.
  • If the assault occurred on campus, call Safety and Security as soon as possible.  They will document your complaint and advise you as to what you can do next.
  • If you are off campus, call 911 or the local police department.  It may be quite scary, but getting the police involved can help you feel empowered, and your offender punished for his/her actions.
  • The Health Center and Counseling Services staff is available to provide needed support and assistance on ways to cope with being sexually assaulted.  In fact, Counseling Services has a staff member on-call 24/7 to assist students who have an immediate need or concern.   In the event of such an emergency please call (440) 826-2180 during regular business hours and (440) 539-9949 when the center is closed.
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