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Indiana campus sexual assault reports rising

Posted at 5:06 PM, May 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-13 01:21:16-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- Reports of sexual assault on Indiana's college campuses are on the rise, according to crime data reported to the federal government.

The data, commonly known as Clery Reports for the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act which mandates its collection, shows an increase from 74 reports in 2010 to 229 in 2014 – the most recent year available.

For the purposes of Clery data, sexual assault is defined as one of the following: forcible rape; forcible sodomy; sexual assault with an object; or forcible fondling. Prior to 2014, Clery data was reported in aggregated form as either a "forcible" or "non-forcible" sex offense.

The reports do not make clear whether the increase represents an actual spike in sexual assaults on Indiana college campuses or better systems in place to encourage students who are victims of such assaults to report them.

The federal government under the Obama administration has placed more pressure on colleges and universities nationwide to address sexual assault on campus.

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In response, some colleges – Indiana University among them – have moved toward a "yes means yes" standard of consent.

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Use the tool below to explore sexual assault data between 2010-2014 at 20 of Indiana's largest colleges and universities: