About the project
This is the 28th joint survey by The Washington Post and the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit group that researches health care and other issues. The partners developed, analyzed and paid for the survey, with each bearing sole responsibility for its editorial product. The poll was conducted from Jan. 15 to March 29 among a random national sample of 1,053 adults ages 17 to 26 who are current or recent undergraduate students at a four-year U.S. college since 2011 and lived on or near campus. Students reported attending more than 525 colleges and universities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Interviews were conducted on conventional and cellular telephones by Social Science Research Solutions of Media, Pa. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points for the full sample. The error margin is 5 points for results among the sample of 539 men and 514 women. The project team from the Kaiser Family Foundation included Mollyann Brodie, Bianca DiJulio and Mira Norton. The project team from The Washington Post included Peyton M. Craighill and Scott Clement. Post reporters Nick Anderson, Emma Brown, Steve Hendrix and Susan Svrluga interviewed dozens of the poll respondents about their experiences with sexual assault, speaking with survivors from coast to coast.