Many Reasons Victims Do Not Report

Fear of retaliation, self-blame, lack of confidence that something will be done, and lack of understanding that what was done to them is a reportable problem are some of the many reasons victims do not report sexual harassment or assault.

Various estimates suggest only 5-11.5% of campus sexual assaults are reported to law enforcement, meaning that 88.5-95% go unreported. Fear of retaliation, self-blame, lack of confidence that something will be done, and lack of understanding that what was done to them is a reportable problem are some of the many reasons victims do not report sexual harassment or assault. Due to low reporting rates by victims, there are serious concerns that colleges and universities do not publicly report all known instances of sexual victimization.

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