Study: 1 in 5 Women Sexually Assaulted During First Year of College

Jim Liebelt | Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University | Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Study: 1 in 5 Women Sexually Assaulted During First Year of College

*The following is excerpted from an online article from

New research published in the Journal of Adolescent Health reveals startling statistics about sexual assaults on young women at college campuses.

The study claims that one in five women will be a victim of rape or attempted rape by the end of their first year in college.

The researchers say the results show rape among young women has reached epidemic levels.

In this study researchers focused on one, unnamed large university in the northeast.  They say even though the study had a narrow focus, it suggests a similar pattern across the country.

The study surveyed 483 college freshman women between 18 and 21 years old.  By the end of their 1st year, the study found that nearly 19% had been raped by the end of their freshman year.

According to the survey, about 15% of those women say they were raped or someone tried to rape them while they were under the influence of alcohol or drugs to the extent that they were unable to resist or consent. Nine percent reported that they were raped or someone attempted to rape them by force. Some of the women in the study reported more than one incident.

Researchers from Brown and Miriam Hospital’s Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine are behind the study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health.