Survey: One of every four female undergrads at UW-Madison has been sexually assaulted

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MADISON — One of every four female undergraduate students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who responded to a survey last spring said they’ve been sexually assaulted.

The Association of American Universities administered the survey across 27 institutions. UW-Madison officials say about 9,000 students, or about 22 percent of the school’s students, responded to it. The results of the survey were released Monday.

Nearly 28 percent of UW-Madison female undergraduate respondents said they’ve been sexually assaulted. More than three-quarters of the women who reported being sexually assaulted said the offender had been drinking.

Chancellor Rebecca Blank issued a statement saying sexual misconduct is unacceptable. The statement noted that UW-Madison has required all new undergrads to go through a sexual assault prevention program since 2014.

3 comments

  • Opinion8d

    It would be helpful to understand their definition of sexual assault. Twenty-five percent is a pretty high rate -and yet, will those statistics, how many will continue to drink too much and compromise themselves????

    • CYNIC

      Beat me to it. These colleges are feeding the notion that anything that any woman perceives to be even slightly offensive as assault. Guy hit on you at a party? Sexual assault. Guy tried to dance with you? Sexual assault. Got drunk and made out with a guy? He sexually assaulted you. This is college in the time of Tinder. How many regretful hook-ups did college students have before they were able to shop for booty calls on their phones? I don’t doubt it actually happens, but seriously the numbers are just not believable.

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