Sexual Assault Survey: National survey confirms prevalence of sexual assault on campus

Published: September 22, 2015

Sexual Assault Survey: National survey confirms prevalence of sexual assault on campus, Almost one-fifth of female college students at UT-Austin are victims of sexual assault, according to a new survey released on Monday.

The results are consistent with prior surveys and studies on sexual assault in higher education, which mostly point to a statistic that says one in every five women are sexually assaulted while in college. At UT-Austin, 18.5 percent of female students surveyed said they were victims of sexual assault.

The results are part of a new survey released on Monday that included 26 other institutions. Conducted by the Association of American Universities (AAU), the survey is one of the largest ever completed on sexual assault. The national average among all 27 universities surveyed was 23.1 percent, putting UT-Austin slightly below the national average. More than 150,000 students were surveyed nationwide and more than 6,600 were at UT-Austin.

“It is essential that we foster a campus that does not tolerate sexual assaults while strongly encouraging victims to come forward and report incidents,” said UT-Austin President Gregory Fenves in a statement. ‚ÄúThis survey is another positive step in our efforts to create a safer campus for all of our students.”

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