Many people don’t come out and say they’ve been sexually assaulted or raped for many reasons. Primarily because they’re ashamed and don’t think anyone will believe them. A lot of times, also seen on the news plenty, women who have come forward about their assault are called liars and are apparently “looking for attention” which is why so many go unreported.
The American Association of University conducted a survey that involved 150,000 students at 27 of the nations top schools including all the Ivy League schools, minus Princeton. The survey defined sexual assault as “any unwanted sexual contact which could range from touching to rape either by force or through the use of alcohol and/or drugs.”
According to their findings, 1 in 4 senior college women (27.2 percent) reported being sexually assaulted during their time in college. Of the 27.2 percent, 13.5 percent of the women said they had experienced either penetration, attempted penetration, or oral sex. But when they asked about sexual assaults that didnt involve force or penetration, just persuasion or a lack of consent, the statistic jumped to 1 in 3 women.
Sadly and unfortunately, statistics showed that 75 percent of women did not report assaults that involved penetration to anyone because they were ashamed, didn’t think anyone would believe them or didn’t think the assaults were serious to warrant a report.
Men, who are also victim to sexual assault were also included in this survey. It was reported that 8.6 percent of male college seniors have received unwanted sexual contact. Transgender students, gender non-conforming students, and others on the gender spectrum reportedly had higher assault rates than women.
For more details, you can read the full report here.