A few years ago, a criminal defense law firm in San Diego compiled a list of college campus crime rates in California based off of information from the U.S. Department of Education. They found that burglary was one of the highest crimes to encompass campuses at 53%, but that sex crimes stood at an alarming 18%, which is still considerably high. However, you must also take into account the fact that many instances of sexual assault will go unreported because people are scared to speak up.
According to a report that was released by the Justice Department, only 20% of campus sexual assault victims go to the police. 10% say that the event wasn’t significant enough compared to the attention it could bring and another 20% believe that they will be retaliated against in some way. Institutions are known to sometimes make sexual assault crimes look a certain way and disguise the number of incidents that actually take place on school grounds. USC, for instance, failed to report 13 sex offenses between 2010 and 2011.
Different campuses around the nation are handling sexual assault cases in various ways, some taking them very seriously and prosecuting those who commit the crimes and some sweeping the crimes under the rug. No matter what the case, if you have been charged with a sexual assault crime, you should always have an attorney on your side to help you through it all. Call us today for more information on how we can assist you and answer all your important questions.