Indiana University-Bloomington ranks sixth highest in sexual assault reporting

The university has the sixth-highest number of sexual assaults reported nationally from 2006 to 2012, Time Magazine reported this week.

Posted on May 31, 2014 at 12:59 p.m.

Indiana University-Bloomington has appeared on a list of U.S. universities with the highest number of reported sexual assaults.

Among four-year colleges in the U.S., IU-Bloomington ranked sixth highest in the number of cumulative reports of sexual assault from 2006 to 2012, Time Magazine reported. IU-Bloomington had 149 reported sexual assaults from 2006 to 2012, Time reported.

According to an article published by the Indiana Daily Student (IDS) earlier this year, the university’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Reports said 34 offenses were reported in 2010, 28 were reported in 2011 and 58 were reported in 2012. This only accounts for sexual assaults that happened on or adjacent to campus, though – many more occurred off campus, IDS reported.

A breakdown of the reported sexual assaults can be viewed on The U.S. Department of Education’s Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool. 

It should be noted that a high number of reports may not mean a higher number of sexual assaults altogether. According to Time, it may actually mean the school is doing a better job of addressing the issue.

Despite this caveat, earlier this month IU-Bloomington was listed among a slew of U.S. universities being investigated by The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights for Title IX violations related to the way they’ve handled sexual violence and harassment complaints.

To read more of the story, visit Time’s website.


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