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Reports Of On-Campus Rape More Than Double According To Annual Security Report

Tracie Bogus, the Clery Compliance Manager for Penn State, released the Combined Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report last week. Under the Federal Clery Act, all universities and colleges that participate in federal financial aid programs must disclose and report information related to on-campus and community crime. The report outlines crime statistics from the past three years including alcohol and drug-related arrests, robbery, stalking, aggravated assault, and rape.

Towards the end of the report outlining Penn State’s definitions of each of the crimes, prevention measures, and other information are the actual crime statistics from 2013 to 2015. On page 38 of 50, the crime statistics are detailed.

From 2014 to 2015, the number of University Park on-campus drug arrests decreased from 315 to 203 while the number of alcohol-related arrests increased slightly from 676 to 678.

The number of total reported University Park on-campus rapes more than doubled from 15 to 31 — nine in 2014 and 22 in 2015 were in residence halls. Off-campus reported rapes increased from 12 to 20 from 2014 to 2015. During the same time period, the number of on-campus stalking incidents increased from 9 to 19. While it’s not clear if the the jump in rapes is due to an increase in the number of rapes or an increase in the effectiveness of Penn State’s reporting initiatives, the statistic remains alarming.

Late last year, a number of students anonymously disclosed to Onward State their accounts of how UHS handled their sexual assault and how university police made them feel guilty about it.

“The increase in reported forcible sex offenses from 2014 to 2015, we believe may in part be attributed to increased awareness and better reporting processes at Penn State. The addition of a stand-alone Title IX office, a new Title IX coordinator, a strong bystander intervention program, and other awareness initiatives on campus have contributed to increased education and reporting,” University Spokesperson Lisa Powers said. “Penn State is committed to expanding educational programs and the resources available to victims…We have a commitment to changing the culture and hope that these initiatives are having an impact.”

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