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The Facts of Victimization

  • Women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence.
  • 32% of college students report dating violence by a previous partner, and 21% report violence by a current partner.
  • 60% of acquaintance rapes on college campuses occur in a causal or steady dating relationships.
  • In one year, more than 13% of college women indicated they had been stalked, 42% of those stalked were victimized by a boyfriend or ex-boyfriend.
  • As many as one in four female students experience sexual assault over the course of their college career. 
  • Approximately 90% of victims of sexual assault on college campuses know their attacker

    Red Flags for Abusive Relationships

The following is a list of warning signs for potentially abusive relationships. They are presented as guidelines and cues to pay attention to, not as judgments on the worth of the other person. 

  • Have a history of trouble with the law, get into fights, or break and destroy property.
  • Blame you for how they treat you, or for anything bad that happens.
  • Abuse siblings, other family members, children or pets.
  • Try to isolate you and control whom you see or where you go.
  • Nag you or force you to be sexual when you don’t want to be.
  • Accuse you of flirting or “coming on” to others or accuse you of cheating on them.
  • Blame all arguments and problems on you.
  • You feel afraid to break up with them.
  • You feel afraid to make decisions or bring up certain subjects so that the other person won’t get mad.
  • You tell yourself that if you just try harder and love your partner enough that everything will be just fine.
  • You find yourself worrying and obsessing about how to please your partner and keep them happy.

What Can I Do?

  • Become familiar with crisis hotlines and campus help resources including counseling services, health centers and support groups.
  • Identify local shelters and advocacy groups.
  • Learn about campus policies for responding to stalking, dating abuse and sexual assault and get involved to help make them more effective, fair and responsive.
  • Pass along helpful resources for college students such as: Break the Cycle’s College Student’s Guide to Safety Planning
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