Fewer Survivors Report Sexual Assault on College Campus

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Oct 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

Data recently released by The University of Cincinnati revealed a concerning trend. An analysis of university crime data showed that as many as 59% of sexual assaults on campus are not reported. Experts warn that there has been a dramatic decrease in the number of students reporting instances of sexual assault on the University of Cincinnati campus.

This problem is not isolated to a single college. Studies suggest that fewer survivors are speaking out about sexual assault incidents at colleges nationwide. Here's what you need to know about how this issue is impacting campuses across the country.

Survivors Are Not Reporting Assaults at UC

Although a lack of sexual assault reports might seem like welcome news, the University of Cincinnati is grappling with the fact that sexual assault may still be very present on its campus.

According to a campus-wide survey from 2020, roughly 13% of the 2,545 student participants claimed to have experienced “non-consensual sexual contact” while attending the University of Cincinnati. If all of those students reported these incidents, it would result in at least 330 sexual assault reports.

However, the vast majority of those students did not report sexual assault. University crime statistics show that just 135 students reported incidents of sexual assault between 2016 and 2020.

A Nationwide Problem

The University of Cincinnati's numbers mirrors the lack of sexual assault reporting at universities across the country. The Association of American Universities surveyed over college 180,000 students in 2019. Their survey revealed that there is a 13% rate of non-consensual sexual contact at universities.

Despite the prevalence of sexual assault on college campuses, few victims report it. According to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network, only 20% of female student victims report sexual violence to law enforcement.

What It Means for Students

Title IX mandates that universities must investigate instances of sexual misconduct that occur on their campus. Recent Title IX changes impact how schools must respond to sexual assault allegations.

To remain compliant with Title IX, schools must investigate sexual misconduct through a live hearing. A party must participate in the live hearing to have their evidence used in the case determination. Advocates believe that the live hearing may cause fewer victims to report sexual assault to their university.

The changes also impact students accused of sexual misconduct that fall outside of Title IX's scope and jurisdiction. Many schools created separate policies that allow them to respond to sexual misconduct allegations in their own way. Defendants may have to deal with multiple investigations and punishments.

The lack of reporting may increase pressure on universities to make an example of students accused of sexual assault. Students may face biased determinations and severe punishments. With such high stakes, it's essential that students accused of sexual misconduct use an experienced attorney.

Fewer sexual assault reports may raise the stakes for university sexual misconduct investigations. If you or someone you know is accused of sexual misconduct, an attorney can help. Attorney Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm have spent many years defending students and achieving favorable outcomes. Call the Lento Law Firm at 888-535-3686 to speak with one of the most experienced teams in the country in Title IX and college sexual misconduct cases.

About the Author

Joseph D. Lento

"I pride myself on having heart and driving hard to get results!" Attorney Joseph D. Lento passionately fights for the futures of his clients nationwide. Attorney Lento and his team represent students and others in disciplinary cases and various other proceedings at colleges and universities across the United States. Attorney Lento has helped countless students, professors, and others in academia at more than a thousand colleges and universities across the United States, and when necessary, he and his team have sought justice on behalf of clients in courts across the nation. He does not settle for the easiest outcome, and instead prioritizes his clients' needs and well-being. Joseph D. Lento is licensed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, is admitted pro hac vice as needed nationwide, and he can help you or your student address any school-related issue or concern anywhere in the United States.


There are no comments for this post. Be the first and Add your Comment below.

Leave a Comment

Contact Us Today!


If you, or your student, are facing any kind of disciplinary action, or other negative academic sanction, and are having feelings of uncertainty and anxiety for what the future may hold, contact the Lento Law Firm today, and let us help secure your academic career.

This website was created only for general information purposes. It is not intended to be construed as legal advice for any situation. Only a direct consultation with a licensed Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York attorney can provide you with formal legal counsel based on the unique details surrounding your situation. The pages on this website may contain links and contact information for third party organizations - the Lento Law Firm does not necessarily endorse these organizations nor the materials contained on their website. In Pennsylvania, Attorney Joseph D. Lento represents clients throughout Pennsylvania's 67 counties, including, but not limited to Philadelphia, Allegheny, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Dauphin, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Schuylkill, and York County. In New Jersey, attorney Joseph D. Lento represents clients throughout New Jersey's 21 counties: Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren County, In New York, Attorney Joseph D. Lento represents clients throughout New York's 62 counties. Outside of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, unless attorney Joseph D. Lento is admitted pro hac vice if needed, his assistance may not constitute legal advice or the practice of law. The decision to hire an attorney in Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania counties, New Jersey, New York, or nationwide should not be made solely on the strength of an advertisement. We invite you to contact the Lento Law Firm directly to inquire about our specific qualifications and experience. Communicating with the Lento Law Firm by email, phone, or fax does not create an attorney-client relationship. The Lento Law Firm will serve as your official legal counsel upon a formal agreement from both parties. Any information sent to the Lento Law Firm before an attorney-client relationship is made is done on a non-confidential basis.