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Survey: One in four UW-Madison female students report being sexually assaulted

MADISON (WKOW) — A survey of UW-Madison students released today revealed one in four undergraduate female students reported being sexually assaulted, and perpetrators most often were a male friend or acquaintance.

UW-Madison has participated in the survey on sexual assault and misconduct, conducted by the American Association of Universities, since 2015.

Among the findings:

• More than one in four (27.6 percent) undergraduate female students reported experiencing non-consensual penetration or sexual touching.
• Perpetrators were overwhelmingly identified as fellow students who are male, often a friend or acquaintance.
• Assaults most commonly occurred in student residences such as private apartments and campus residence halls. Assaults were disproportionately reported in Greek residences.

Alcohol is a common factor in sexual assault at UW–Madison.
• Female students who experienced non-consensual penetration by force indicated that the offender was drinking alcohol 76.1 percent of the time.

Sexual assault and sexual misconduct often go unreported.
• Of students who experienced penetration by force, 26.1 percent reported the incident.

Read the full report HERE.

“Going forward, we must strengthen our efforts to reduce these rates and to increase the number of students who seek campus support after experiencing assault or misconduct,” Chancellor Rebecca Blank wrote in a blog post.

The university is planning three forums in November to discuss the results of the survey.

WQOW Staff

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