Almost two thirds (62%) of students and graduates have experienced sexual violence at UK universities, finds new report.
- Only 1 in 10 reported their experiences to the university or police; only 6% of respondents reported their experience of sexual violence to the university.
- Only 2% of those experiencing sexual violence felt both able to report it to their university and were satisfied with the reporting process
- A third of students (31%) felt pressured into doing something sexual.
With no recent data to reflect their testimonials and demonstrate the scale of the problem, Revolt Sexual Assault, in partnership with The Student Room, launched the first national consultation for students and graduates on this issue in a decade.
Of the 4,500 students from 153 different institutions who took part in this survey, 62% have experienced sexual violence at UK universities. This figure rises to 70% of female respondents, 48% of which have experienced sexual assault, and 73% of respondents with a disability, where 54% have experienced sexual assault.
‘Every one of my female friends has stories about sexual assault and/or harassment at university. I have given only the most harrowing example but could elaborate with over a dozen incidents for me alone. I have been unwilling to report the sheer volume of incidents I have endured I fear would make me look like a fantasist.’ – survey respondent.
26% of male respondents had experienced sexual violence at university.
Hannah Price, Founder of Revolt Sexual Assault, said:
‘While at university I experienced everything from harassment and ‘casual’ groping to rape, none of which I reported – and I am not alone. I set up Revolt Sexual Assault to bridge the gap between institutions and student survivors, so that the scale of this epidemic is acknowledged and addressed. This consultation demonstrates that the experiences shared through the videos of our campaign participants are far from tragic exceptions; this is everyday reality for the majority of students.’
Read more about the survey results here.
Graphics by Sarah Newey
Did you catch us on @itvnews?Today, we’re releasing the results of our survey of 4,500 students and grads at UK universities – shockingly 62% have experienced sexual harassment, assault, or both https://t.co/xE7vlAYMlp #ItsRevolting pic.twitter.com/9c5c4234Wq
— RevoltSexualAssault (@Revolt_Assault) March 1, 2018