Rape and sex assault reports at British universities rocket TENFOLD

Mail Online | 7/17/2019 | Tim Stickings For Mailonline
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The number of reported rapes and sexual assaults at British universities has risen tenfold in four years, new figures have shown.

In 2018 there were 626 alleged sex crimes at universities which provided statistics, up from 65 in 2014.

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Over that period there have been nearly 2,000 cases of rape, sexual assault or harassment. Of those who provided figures, Cambridge, Birmingham and the University of East Anglia had the highest number, a Channel 4 News investigation found.

Campaigners say a culture of 'blackout drinking' is partly to blame for the growing numbers, and fear that the number of crimes that are reported may only be the 'tip of the iceberg', the Daily Telegraph reported.

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Writing for the newspaper, Channel 4's Cathy Newman said many students felt unable to take their concerns to the police.

Some said they were nervous about appearing in court or feared they would not be believed if they came forward.

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Others are said to have been concerned about having their phone messages read by authorities and 'taken out of context'.

One campaigner, Charlotte Proudman, said some women had been turned away by British universities when they went to report sex crimes.

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'Often the consequence is that these complaints are swept under the carpet and women not prosecuted,' she said.

'These victims are not given the support they so desperately require.'

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The National Union of Students has previously warned of the dangers of 'lad culture' which involves the objectification of women.

They warned it tends to 'reside in activities such as sport and heavy alcohol consumption' and sometimes 'spills over into sexual harassment and violence.'

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Cambridge offers a University Sexual Assault and Harassment Advisor and runs a campaign called 'Breaking the Silence' to tackle sex crimes.

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