A NJ Advance Media review of campus crime reports revealed that about 50% of the state's four-year residential college campuses showed an increase in the number of reported rapes in 2016.
The total number of reported rapes - 138 - represents a 24% increase over 2015, in part because many schools have ramped up efforts to encourage their students to report sexual assaults on campus. The number of reported other sex crimes, including fondling and dating violence, increased also.
School officials believe that the increases may be the result of national attention placed on campus sexual assault. Many schools have made efforts so that it is easier for students to file reports.
The recent national focus on sexual assault and sexual harassment, provoked by the allegations of sexual misconduct by many Hollywood and other celebrities, may increase the number of sex assault allegations in 2017.
New Jersey College Sexual Attacks by the Numbers
Rutgers, New Jersey's largest university, reported 31 sexual attacks including 23 rapes. These numbers, however, were down from the prior year. Last year, Rutgers received a $2 million Victims of Crime Act grant. The school plans to develop new programs for survivors as well as improve its sexual assault reporting and services.
The College of New Jersey, with only 15% of Rutgers enrollment, reported 32 sexual attacks including 12 rapes. However, officials of this school credit new sexual assault awareness efforts and training with doubling the number of reported rapes from 2015 to 2016.
College Sexual Assault Data Collection Required by Federal Law
Colleges and universities must file yearly Clery Act reports on campus sex crimes and dating violence. This federal law, established in 1990, requires schools to be more transparent about campus crimes.
The Act was named after Jeanne Clery, a Lehigh University student who was raped and murdered in her dorm room in 1986.
The reporting requirements were recently changed to break out the number of rapes, fondlings and dating violence, instead of reporting only the total number of "forcible sex offenses."
Rape and other types of sexual assault are crimes. We will help you navigate the criminal system and pursue a potential civil action against those who perpetrate these acts as well as those who allow them to occur through their own negligence.
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