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New Investigation Reveals Student on Student Sexual Assault in Schools Across the Country
May 2nd, 2017 by

New Investigation Reveals Student on Student Sexual Assault in Schools Across the Country

While we often talk about sexual assault on college campuses, universities aren’t the only educational institutions where sexual assault is a problem. Students in high schools, and even middle and elementary schools are experiencing sexual assault at the hands of other students. According to a year-long investigation by The Associated Press, there were about 17,000 official reports of sexual assaults committed by students against their classmates between the fall of 2011 and spring of 2015. According to the AP, the investigation is the most comprehensive tally of student on student sexual assault in grades K through 12, but even these numbers likely don’t capture the severity of the problem.

The AP looked at state education records and federal crime data covering 50 million students in the United States, finding around 17,000 official reports of student on student sexual assault in the roughly four year period. But, because sexual assaults are typically underreported, and some states either don’t track them or differ in how they categorize them, the AP notes the investigation likely only uncovered a fraction of the assaults. In many cases, the investigation found incidents of sexual assault were mischaracterized as bullying or hazing or even as a consensual act in official reports.

Read more at :

http://www.teenvogue.com/story/investigation-shows-student-on-student-sexual-assault

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