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Sexual Assault: Statistics

UIC Crime Statistics

If you are interested in viewing the on-campus crimes that are reported by students to the UIC Police and other campus officials visit: http://www.uic.edu/index.html/safety/stats.shtml . In general, UIC has low reported rates of crime victimization.

Estimates of UIC Student Experiences of Interpersonal violence

In 2002, the National College Health Association Survey* was conducted on the UIC campus. This survey asked questions about students' experiences with various forms of interpersonal violence. Unfortunately the survey did not inquire about the location of these incidents. Based the percentages of students who indicated that they had experienced interpersonal violence within the past school year:

It can be projected that 2,326** UIC female students experienced sexual aggression ranging from verbal threats for sex to sexual assault.

  • Verbal threats for sex - 612

  • Sexual touching against your will - 1133

  • Attempted sexual penetration (vaginal, anal, oral intercourse) against your will - 367

  • Sexual penetration (vaginal, anal, oral intercourse) against your will - 214

 

It can be projected that 949** UIC male students experienced sexual aggression ranging from verbal threats for sex to sexual assault

  • Verbal threats for sex - 245

  • Sexual touching against your will - 367

  • Attempted sexual penetration (vaginal, anal, oral intercourse) against your will - 153

  • Sexual penetration (vaginal, anal, oral intercourse) against your will - 184

*These estimates are based on the UIC student body composition in 2003. It is also possible that one person may have experienced multiple forms of interpersonal violence either in different incidents or within the same incident.

**For an executive summary of the full 2002 NCHA UIC survey visit:

http://tigger.uic.edu/~jimd/UICExecSummary.pdf

Illinois

•  In 2002, over 6,000 sexual assaults were reported to the Illinois State Police. - www.icasa.org

•  In FY 2003, 10,527 adult, adolescent and child survivors of sexual assault, child sexual abuse and sexual harassment and 3,243 significant others were served by the sexual assault crisis centers of the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault. In addition, 9,669 anonymous contacts were served. - www.icasa.org

National

•  According to 2002 FBI Uniform Crime Reports, over 95, 000 reports of rape were made to police nationally.

• 90% of rape victims attending colleges and universities knew the offenders. - Bureau of Justice Statistics, The Sexual Victimization of Colllege Women, 2000.

• During any given academic year, 2.8% of women will experience completed and/or attempted rape. - Bureau of Justice Statistics, The Sexual Victimization of Colllege Women, 2000.

• Women of all races experience sexual assault at about the same rate. - Bureau of Justice Statistics, Violent Victimization and Race, 1993-1998, http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/pub/pdf/vvr98.pdf

•  More than 70% of rape or sexual assault victims knew their attackers, compared to about half of all violent crime victims. - Bureau of Justice Statistics, Criminal Victimization, 1998; Changes 1997-1998 with Trends 1993-1998

• 48.8% of college women who were victims of attacks that met a study's definition of rape did not consider what happened to them rape. Bureau of Justice Statistics. Sexual Victimization of College Women, 2001

If you or someone you know has been hurt:

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This project was supported by Grant No. 2002-WA-BX-0011 awarded by the Office of Violence Against Women and the U.S. Department of Justice. Points of view in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.