First 2 Years – Highest Risk of Sexual Assault

Young women in their first two years of college are at the highest risk of sexual assault.

Women attending college are particularly vulnerable to sexual assault to an extent greater than their non-college peers. Young women in their first two years of college are at the highest risk of sexual assault. Recent studies estimate 20% of young women and 6% of young men will experience a completed or attempted rape during their college career. Almost 2/3 of college students report experiencing some form of sexual harassment during their college careers, with nearly 1/3 of college students reporting being touched, grabbed or forced to do something sexual while in college. Both male and female students are likely to be sexually harassed: women were typically subjected to sexual comments and gestures, while men are more likely to be targeted with homophobic comments. The rates of sexual harassment in middle and high schools are just as high. In a 2011 survey conducted by the AAUW, almost 50% of students in grades 7-12 reported experiencing some form of sexual harassment or assault at some time in their school career.

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