Among College-Age Women, Rape, Sex Assault Rate Higher For Nonstudents

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Among college-age women, the rate of rape and sexual assault was 1.2 times higher for nonstudents than students between 1995 and last year, the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics said today. In an analysis of data from women 18 to 24 years old, nonstudents accounted for more than double the average annual number of rape and sexual assault victimizations compared to students. For 2013, no differences in the rates of rape and sexual assault were found between the two groups.

Rape and sexual assault victimizations were more likely to go unreported to police among victims who were college students (80 percent) than nonstudents (67 percent). About a quarter of both student and nonstudent victims who did not report believed the incident was a personal matter, and 1 in 5 expressed a fear of reprisal. While college students experienced lower rates of rape and sexual assault than nonstudents, their average annual rate was consistently higher than females in other age brackets.

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