College Student Infomation
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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