The CU Boulder Sexual Misconduct Task Force has released their 2021 Campus Sexual Misconduct Survey. Their findings on sexual misconduct involving college students throughout the state revealed that reports of all categories of sexual misconduct have decreased.
Promising survey results
In the 2021 Campus Culture Survey where 10,000 students responded, undergraduate and graduate men and women were asked if they experienced “unwanted non-consensual behavior” that included the following:
- Sexual assault, harassment and exploitation
- Intimate partner abuse
Those who claimed sexual assault were then asked a series of questions regarding the semester, week and year that the alleged attacks occurred and where. Perpetrator characteristics were also covered, as were official reports of the attack and any resulting psychological effects.
According to the survey, sexual misconduct was down from 2015 to 2021. The one category that remained consistent was stalking. Additional statistics included:
- Approximately 15% of undergraduate women reported sexual assault since arriving on CU Boulder’s campus, a decrease from 28% in 2015.
- 19% of undergraduate women suffered from sexual harassment, also down from 28% in 2015.
- Undergraduate and graduate men reported reduced levels of sexual misconduct compared to undergraduate women.
A template for the future
The CU Boulder Sexual Misconduct Task Force announced the results would help them with a roadmap helping them to expand their efforts when it comes to existing campus education and prevention. The ultimate objective is to significantly reduce the risks that come with campus life.
Statistics only scratch the surface of the prevalence of sexual misconduct on college campuses in Boulder and throughout the state. With those claims also comes false allegations that put reputations and academic futures at risk. Securing help from an attorney is an essential first step.