22 percent of Purdue female undergrads report sex assaults

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue University says more than one in five of its female undergraduates say they’ve experienced sexual assaults since beginning college, and about one in eight say it happened during the current year.

Purdue on Monday released the findings of a Campus Climate Survey on sexual assault sponsored by the Association of American Universities. The Purdue release coincided with the AAU’s release of an aggregate report from 27 institutions nationwide.

At Purdue, 21.9 percent of female undergraduates who responded to the survey said they had been sexually assaulted since beginning college, slightly lower than the 23.1 percent AAU aggregate. Also, 13.2 percent reported they had been sexually assaulted during the current year, the same as the aggregate finding.

Purdue was the only Indiana institution participating in the survey.

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