Forcible Sex Offense Reports Double
Reports of forcible sex offenses at the flagship public universities of Virginia and Maryland doubled last year, according to new federal data.
The increases, echoed at many colleges and universities, reflect growing awareness of sexual assault on campuses across the country.
School officials and others familiar with the issue say colleges with rising totals of sex offense reports should not be perceived as being more dangerous than they were before. Rather, they say, the numbers mean more students are stepping forward to get help. Also, schools are documenting the problem more thoroughly than ever, educating students about preventing sexual assault and developing procedures to handle complaints.