“Major colleges and universities are undercounting the number of sexual crimes that occur on their campuses in an attempt to downplay the issue, according to new research published in the journal Psychology, Public Policy and Law,” reports ThinkProgress.
“When it comes to sexual assault and rape, the norm for universities and colleges is to downplay the situation and the numbers,” lead researcher Corey Rayburn Yung, a law professor at the University of Kansas, said in a statement. “The result is students at many universities continue to be attacked and victimized, and punishment isn’t meted out to the rapists and sexual assaulters.”
Under the federal Clery Act, schools are required to report the number of crimes that occur on their campuses, including instances of rape. But over the past several years, an increasing number of universities have been accused of trying to sweep rape under the rug by reporting artificially low numbers. The University of Southern California, for instance, once labeled sexual assaults as “personal injuries” to keep its official rape numbers down.