UAPD releases new numbers of sexual assault on campus - Tucson News Now

UAPD releases new numbers of sexual assault on campus

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The University of Arizona Police Department has released new numbers on sexual assault on campus.

  • In 2016, there were 17 reported cases of rape and 12 reported cases categorized as other "sexual offenses."
  • In 2015, there were 18 reported cases of rape and 2 cases of fondling. 
  • In 2014, there were 28 reported cases of rape and 11 cases of fondling.

While April is sexual assault awareness month, the  U of A  Women's Resource Center works to prevent sexual assault and violence on campus all year round. 

They host peer led workshops on consent, addressing rape culture, and how to intervene if you see sexual assault.  The goal is to create an environment in which victims are not afraid to speak up. 

Thea Cola, the coordinator of sexual assault and violence prevention for WRC, said the number of reported sexual assaults on UA's campus remains fairly low.

While that may seem like a good thing, she said under reporting could play a part. 

"One in five women in college will experience sexual violence. And with a campus as large as U of A, those numbers should be higher. Because there's such a stigma associated with sexual violence and because we live within a rape culture, not just here at U of A but in our society in general, it very much prevents people from coming forward," Cola said. 

The WRC  is hosting a U of A Take Back the Night event on Wednesday, April 19 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

The Associated Students of the University of Arizona launched their "I Will" awareness week. 

Week of April 3-7: 

  1. Monday: "I Will" resource fair 
  2. Tuesday: "I Will" presents reporting. SUMC Santa Cruz Room at 7:30 pm
  3. Wednesday: "Reclaiming Our Consent". WRC from 5-6:30 pm
  4. Thursday: The Hunting Ground. Modern Languages Room 350 at 7:30 pm 
  5. Friday: Everyday Advocacy Workshop. WRC at 12 pm 

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