Nevertheless, sexual assaults are a serious college concern.According to studies reviewed in the ACHA , approximately 15-20% of female college students report being the victim of forced intercourse (rape) and approximately 5-15% of college men admit forcing intercourse on a partner (Carr, 2005).
All college students should be able to obtain annual reports on crime rates for their campus, although the Clery Act excludes larceny, theft, vandalism, threats, and harassment.
In 2005 the American College Health Association (ACHA) released its (Carr, 2005) to address violence patterns on college campuses and identify promising prevention and response practices.
The shootings at Virginia Tech, understandably, have generated questions about the safety of college campuses.
A brief overview of what we know about violent crime on college campuses can give some perspective on this tragic event.
(Fisher et al.) The American College Health Association (ACHA) carried out The National College Health Assessment (NCHA) in Fall 2011.
Their survey of 8,960 male students and 18,308 female students found that: - 3% of male students and 7% of female students reported experiencing sexual touching without their consent.As shown in the chart, they found a declining crime rate over the course of the study period 1995 to 2002.They also determined that college students experienced a lower victimization rate than non-students for every crime except rape/sexual assault.- 1% of male students and 3% of female students reported experiencing attempted sexual penetration without their consent.- 1% of male students and 2% of female students reported experiencing sexual penetration without their consent.A further problem with college crime reports is that many crimes go unreported to college authorities.