Increase in reporting is encouraging to center
October 20, 2011
TO THE EDITOR:
Any sexual violence on campus is too much violence. But as mentioned in "More sexual assaults reported in 2010," UNC officials are correct in finding the recent increase in reporting encouraging.
It is far more likely that the increase is in reporting, not in the actual number of assaults. However, national statistics suggest that up to 25 percent of college women are victims of sexual assault.
The variety of reporting options on campus and in our community, including blind reporting, allows survivors to report a crime while protecting their privacy.
More accurate reporting, even if it does not lead to a full criminal report and investigation, allows those working to end sexual violence to improve educational and support methods to match the needs of our community.
Students, staff and community members should know that the Orange County (N.C.) Rape Crisis Center is available 24/7 for any support victims need, whether they wish to report their assault or not.
We provide emotional support, information and referrals for survivors of all forms of sexual violence. Our 24-hour help line can be reached at 1-866-WE-LISTEN or (919) 967-7273.
We applaud the student groups and University officials who have done such a wonderful job raising awareness of sexual violence and providing survivors with more options for reporting violence.
Orange County (N.C.) Rape Crisis Center
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