UT SURVEY DETAILS CAMPUS SEX ASSAULTS
Fenves says results are ‘wake-up call,’ urges reporting of incidents.
The University of Texas has released the results of a survey on sexual violence and misconduct in which 15 percent of undergraduate women said they had been raped since being enrolled.
The “Cultivating Learning and Safe Environments” report was sent to the UT community via email.
“This survey is a wake-up call to me, as it should be for every student, faculty member and staff member at UT Austin,” University President Gregory L. Fenves said in a statement to staff and students. “This survey reveals a problem in our university, as well as society, that has existed in the shadows for too long.”
The report also found that among undergraduate women at UT, 28 percent said they were the victims of unwanted sexual touching and 12 percent said they experienced an attempted rape since being enrolled. According to the report, most students had never told anyone about the incidents they experienced before taking the survey and out of the ones who did share their incident, only 6 percent told someone from university services.
Fenves said he wants survivors to report such incidents and to know that their university cares about them. He said their experiences should be reported.
“No voice is too quiet to listen to,” Fenves said. “No story of