A 2007 Department of Justice study says one out of five women experience an “attempted or completed sexual assault during their college years.”
These numbers can be difficult to clarify because – as a PunditFact article points out sexual assaults and rapes are underreported.
The federal government is currently investigating some 55 schools over how they handle sexual assaults. This includes Florida State University.
The problem also exists in Southwest Florida. A recent News-Press investigation found students reported 13 sexual assaults to campus police since 2010.
FGCU is not the only college in the region facing the issue. Sexual assault offenses and arrests have been reported at nearby schools including Florida SouthWestern State College and Ave Maria University.
We take a look at sexual assaults on college campuses, how schools and their students including those at Florida Gulf Coast University are trying to address the issue.