With all of the recent news being flooded with campus sexual assault stories, any student that is about to head off to college in the fall, return to college for another semester or any parent of a student is likely wondering:
“What can I do about my safety concerns?”
Of course you are concerned about your safety and well-being on campus – the stories are abundant, overwhelming and alarming (to say the least).
Unfortunately, the facts don’t lie.
According to a National Institute of Justice research study entitled, The Campus Sexual Assault (CSA) Study
, “Eighteen percent experienced an attempted (13%) and/or completed (13%) sexual assault since entering college.
Some other important quick statistics and facts* from The Campus Sexual Assault (CSA) Study
you should be aware of:
• Freshmen and sophomores are at greater risk for victimization than juniors and seniors.
• Sexual assaults were most likely to occur in September, October and November, on Friday or Saturday nights, and between the hours of midnight and 6:00 a.m.
• Most victims of physically forced or incapacitated sexual assault were assaulted by someone they knew (79% and 88%).
(*Statistics and facts are findings from a National Institute of Justice research study entitled, The Campus Sexual Assault (CSA) Study.
According to experts, students have a right to get answers from school officials addressing their questions on safety concerns, whichever college you’re attending (or planning to attend in the fall).
Whether you’re using this information to help make a college decision or, simply, to better educate yourself on ways to stay safe on campus, this information is vital for students nationwide.
It’s important to know a couple of vital ways you can research campus safety on your own. The good news is that there are plenty of resources at your fingertips which allow you to access this information.
Here's a list of resources that allow you to take your college safety research into your own hands:
The National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s Campus Resource List
This site functions as a hub for important resource links including prevention policies at specific schools, legal campus policy information, statistics and more.
There’s a wealth of resources available for students, administrators and law enforcement, which brings everyone together on resolving the important issues.
This Department of Education sponsored-site allows you to check and compare campus security statistics, data and important campus safety information.
The U.S. Department of Education’s Campus Security section of their website
Thorough this section of the site, you can access data on campus crime, regulations and other important resources.
Your College’s Site
While your college site may not list all the nitty-gritty details on campus crime, they will have important information like safety policies in place for students, contact information for campus safety experts and officials as well as campus police.
If you have specific questions that you cannot find the answers to online, these numbers are beneficial and there for you to call with any questions or concerns.
Your Local Police Department
If you’re nervous about which local areas are safe, which to avoid and preventative measures you can take to ensure your campus safety, the local police department is always willing to help with suggestions.
You can utilize this site to find crime trends in college campus areas, which may help you avoid potentially dangerous areas. It’s also helpful to see rape statistics, preventive information and other useful tools that may help keep you knowledgeable about staying safe on campus.
While statistics on some of these sites can reflect areas outside of campus, it’s still important to be aware that they exist – and are happening nearby.