The Hard Truth About Campus Sexual Assault
In light of the #metoo movement, it is no secret that campus sexual assault is a persistent problem. The frequency with which sexual assaults occur on campuses across the country is only part of the issue; these incidents' impact on survivors is immeasurable. Here are some statistics to help you better understand the scope of this issue.
Campus Sexual Assault - The Numbers to Know
The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) reports that 20% to 25% of women are victims of forced sex during college. In fact, according to the Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN), women between the ages of 18 and 24 are at a heightened risk of sexual assault. Here are some concerning stats:
- 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in college.
- 1 in 16 men will be sexually assaulted while in college.
- Of the 1 in 5 women who are sexually assaulted, only 12% report their assaults to the police.
- Only 5% of rapes and sexual assaults against college women are reported to law enforcement officials.
- 31% of transgender people who attended college experienced some form of sexual violence during their time there.
These numbers are alarming, and most survivors face a lifetime of many physical, emotional, and psychological challenges. Read on to learn the long-term consequences.
The Impact of Sexual Assault
Sexual assault can have a profound effect on survivors physically, emotionally, and psychologically. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), some of the most common effects of sexual assault include:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Drug use
- Trust issues
- Sleep problems
It's important to note that not each survivor's experience is different, and everyone reacts to trauma differently. However, it's vital for survivors to be aware of the potential impacts and to seek help if needed. There are many resources available for survivors of sexual assault; you are not alone.
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How to Get Legal Help After Sexual Assault
Survivors of sexual assault often face many challenges and may not know where to turn for legal assistance. At KMD Law, we are ready to protect your rights and hold your perpetrator accountable for their actions. Let us help you seek justice.
Contact our firm today at (833) 456-3529 for a free and confidential consultation.