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Survey: One In Three USC Women Report Sexual Misconduct

A new survey says 1 in every 3 women at USC has been the victim of non-consensual sexual acts. And despite recent efforts by the administration, 17% of those  assaults occurred in the past school year.  

Nearly 30 percent of women at USC have been victims of non-consensual sexual acts, a campus-wide survey said today.

The survey, conducted by the Association of American Universities last spring, found that 15 percent of female students experienced unwanted sexual penetration. 7 percent said the incident happened within the past school year. 

USC Vice Provost for Student Affairs Ainsley Carry said the school was not happy with the results of the survey, "One incident of sexual misconduct is too much. We can change this, but we have to work together as administrators and as students. We’re going do everything that we can do." 

Among the other revelations from the new survey: 

-76 percent of women did not report sexual misconduct to authorities.

-Alcohol played a role in over 70 percent of unwanted sexual encounters involving students.

-45 percent of respondents said they did not know where to report an incident of sexual assault. 

27 other universities were also surveyed and over 150,000 students participated in the study nationwide. Here at USC 19 percent of students (over 8,000 people) participated in the survey. 




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