Usually Know The Person

Female college students usually know the person who sexually assaulted them.

Most campus sexual assaults are committed by a perpetrator who is known to the victim. Most often, the attacker is a boyfriend, ex-boyfriend, classmate, friend, acquaintance, or co-worker. Because they frequently know their perpetrators, college students are less likely to report sexual harassment and assault. Low reporting can have an enormous impact on the incidence of future assaults because perpetrators of campus sexual assault are frequently repeat offenders. A 2002 campus study found that 120 rapists were responsible for 1,225 separate acts of interpersonal violence, including 483 acts of rape. Repeat rapists averaged 5.8 rapes each. Low reporting rates and lax disciplinary proceedings on campuses leave perpetrators in a position to perpetrate additional assaults.

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