Sexual assault and rape on college campuses are frequently in the news, and not just during the Red Zone. Many media outlets like the Huffington Post regularly report the need for change in university policy when it comes to college sexual assault. However, the general consensus among students contrasts public opinions.
We took a look at nearly 5,000 Niche student survey responses from 2010 to 2014 on the subject of college sexual assault, and and the responses were surprising.
(Note: Percentages are rounded to two significant figures.)
1. Administrators are “Supportive”
In a survey question measuring how firmly students concur with the statement “Campus administrators provide a supportive environment for victims of sexual assault,” most students strongly agree—41 percent of women and 45 percent of men.
2. Campus Services are “Accessible”
When it comes to on-campus services that address sexual assault, 40 percent of women and 43 percent of men strongly agree that resources are easily accessible.
3. Alcohol May or May Not Play a Role
Does alcohol play a prominent role in sexual assault on campus? Students aren’t so sure. Niche results show a majority of students neither agree nor disagree with the idea that it plays a significant role, according to 32 percent of women and 31 percent of men.
4. It’s a Serious Subject
Sexual assault is not something students take lightly. Even though 57 percent of women and 59 percent of men reported never having been a victim or knowing a victim of sexual assault on or near campus, it’s still an issue they’re vigilant of. A majority of Niche users report students taking the issue seriously, 39 percent of women and 43 percent of men.
5. But It’s Not a Problem
While students are cognizant of sexual assault being an issue, they generally don’t view it as a serious problem on campus. Of women surveyed, 38 percent disagreed with the statement that “Sexual assaults are a serious problem on campus,” while 39 percent of men also disagreed.
The Bottom Line
While we hear a lot about college sexual assault in the news, student perception is a little different from what’s in the headlines. Although it’s definitely an issue to be aware of, it may be less of a concern for students across college campuses.