Attention To Sexual Assaults On Campus Leads To More CT Reporting

Reports of sexual assault climbed last year on many Connecticut campuses, an increase that college officials and experts attributed to heightened awareness and expanded educational programs that make it easier for victims to come forward, the Hartford Courant reports. Of 11 Connecticut colleges and universities, eight reported increases in sexual assaults, with particularly sizable jumps at the University of Connecticut, Trinity College and Wesleyan University. Three colleges reported declines.

At UConn, where reported sexual assaults climbed from 13 in 2012 to 25 in 2013, Police Chief Barbara O’Connor said: “I think that statistic is going to be rising across the country as more attention is brought to this particular crime.” She added, “With increased awareness, you anticipate increased reporting. We know that next year, that number will be even higher, most likely.” Concern about sexual assault, including preventing it and how to provide help to those who have been raped or assaulted, has swept college campuses with a wave of federal complaints and lawsuits filed by students. Experts say that sexual assault on college campuses is a crime that is vastly underreported.

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