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West coast, represent. A blog post from VIBE (Violence Intolerated Becomes Eliminated), a project of the One Student Florida Collegiate Consortium Western Region.

RAPE – 101
Rape is the most underreported crime in the United States. Moreover, the number of rapes unreported on college campuses is even higher. To go along with the drastically low rate of reporting, no other crime, other than rape, are the victims accused of lying as much, not believed, or have to fulfill requirements in pressing charges.

Here are some figures to take a look at:
1 in 4 women will be raped during her college years.
1 in 3 women will be raped over her lifetime.
1 in 33 men will be raped in his lifetime.

In college between 90-100% of rapes involved drinking.
In college, about 98% of rapes happen by someone known to the victim.
Every 2 minutes, a woman in the US is sexually assaulted.

In the US, 70.3% of rapes are unreported (Bureau of Justice).
In college that number is a lot higher–estimates are about 95% of rapes unreported.
False reports of rapes are between 2-8%, the same rate for false reporting of any other crime.

In Florida, 2007- 11,214 rapes were reported.
Of those, only 3,064 arrests were made.
Nationally, there is only about a 16% chance of reported rapes that the offender will spend time in prison.

So, what does all of this mean? Well, basically whether we’re aware of it or not, we all know someone who has been raped.

Why do you think rape is so prevalent, and why are rates of reporting so low?
Why is sexual violence such an epidemic on college campuses, and what can universities do to fight back against sexual violence?

(Sources: US Bureau of Justice, Department of Justice, FBI, National Institute of Justice, FDLE)

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