The criminal justice system is only one system a sexual assault survivor may need to navigate in the after an assault. With respect to education, each institution may have their own resources and processes for accommodating survivor needs as well as holding the offender accountable, particularly in cases in which the offender attends the same institution as the survivor.

K-12

While the issue of sexual assault on college campuses has received widespread attention, both federal and state law require that our K-12 schools develop policies to respond to sexual assault, including sexual harassment. Due to the high prevalence rates of sexual assault for children and youth, educational institutions must be prepared to effectively meet the needs of survivors in their classrooms. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • 42 % of female rape victims were first raped before the age of 18
  • 29.9% of female rape victims were first raped between the ages of 11-17
  • 12.3% of female rape victims and 27.8% of male victims were first raped when they were age 10 or younger
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Campus

Prevalence rates of sexual violence on college campuses are significant.  According to the Association of American Universities (AAU):

  • 26% of women reported nonconsensual sexual contact involving physical force/inability to consent
  • 7% of men reported nonconsensual sexual contact involving physical force/inability to consent
  • 23% of Transgender/genderqueer/nonbinary students reported nonconsensual sexual contact involving physical force/inability to consent

While campuses have a responsibility to respond to and prevent sexual violence, survivors are also faced with navigating complex educational systems when seeking accommodation or accountability.  Furthermore, shifting guidance from the federal government regarding how campuses must respond to sexual violence has led to increased uncertainty in legal landscape impacting both the institution and survivors.

For information on training, technical assistance, or resources related to campus sexual assault, please contact Kelly Moe Litke, Associate Director.

WCASA has also created a campus sexual assault listserv to build a network connecting campuses to one another and to sexual assault service providers. It’s a great place to share and request resources!

 

Helpful Resources

Resources are organized by topic. Several resources are comprehensive and contain information on several topics, so they appear multiple times on this list. Whenever possible, we’ve tried to direct you to the topical sections within a comprehensive resource.

 

Research and Data
Advocacy
Policy
Prevention

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