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More than 1/5 of women students at Purdue say they have been sexually assaulted

Purdue was one of 27 universities in the largest ever survey on campus sexual assault

More than one-fifth of female students at Purdue University say they have been sexually assaulted since they arrived on campus, at least among those who responded to a national survey.

The campus climate survey on sexual assault was taken by the Association of American Universities, and Purdue was one of 27 universities to participate.  Only 13.2 percent of women undergraduate students who are women responded to the voluntary survey - below the AAU average of 19.3 percent.  But of those who responded, 21.9 percent said they had been sexually assaulted since entering Purdue, with sexual assault defined as nonconsensual sexual penetration or sexual touching involving physical force or incapacitation.  That is also below the AAU's aggregate of 23.1 percent.  Purdue was the only Indiana university to take part in the survey, which is believed to be the largest survey ever on campus sexual assault.

At Purdue, 13.2 percent of undergraduate women said they had been sexually assaulted during the current year, and responses indicated that the use of alcohol and/or drugs is involved in a majority of incidents of sexual assault and sexual misconduct.  Also, the AAU says the majority of respondents who witnessed a drunken person headed toward a sexual encounter or witnessed sexually violent or harassing behavior did not intervene.

Purdue says it has many programs in place, including a 24-hour crisis line, a required program on sexual assault for beginning students, a health and safety session at the Boiler Gold Rush orientation program, and educational sessions on bystander intervention.  The university is also establishing the Center for Advocacy, Response and Education (CARE), a centralized resource center for students who are victims/survivors of sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. CARE is expected to be fully operational before the beginning of the 2016 academic year.

“These educational programs are designed to provide students with important information on this topic, including information on available resources and Purdue policies and procedures. Purdue’s survey results indicate that education is vital to both the prevention and response to sexual assault,” said Alysa Christmas Rollock, vice president for ethics and compliance. “Purdue will continue to evaluate the programs and services we offer and will engage our entire community in this important topic.” 

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More than one-fifth of female students at Purdue University say they have been sexually assaulted since they arrived on campus, at least among those who responded to a national survey.

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