Rutgers Sees Decrease in Rape and Sexual Assault for Second Consecutive Year

By Aviv Khavich

Rape/Sexual Assault: Rutgers University - New Brunswick

Reports show a 38% decline in rape/sexual assault from 2014 to 2016

Rutgers University - New Brunswick saw a decline in rape and sexual assault for the second year in a row in 2016, according to the 2017 Safety Matters Report released recently by the Rutgers University Police Department.

Rape saw a decline of 41% from 2014, showing a decrease in all locations on campus, with 39 total reports in 2014 and only 23 in 2016.

Reported Rapes by Location

The trend for fondling was less linear, with fondling reports increasing in 2015 but falling back down below 2014 levels in 2016. There was a 27% decrease in fondling from 2014 to 2016, from 11 total cases to 8. 

Reported Fondling by Location

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics' (BJS) National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), college-aged females at universities were about 20% less likely to be raped or sexually assaulted than their non-student counterparts. 

This finding aligns with the overall trend on rape and sexual assault in the United States. According to the NCVS, "From 1995 to 2010, the estimated annual rate of female rape or sexual assault victimizations declined 58%, from 5.0 victimizations per 1,000 females age 12 or older to 2.1 per 1,000."

Rutgers has hosted several speakers on the topic of sexual assault this school year, including former Vice President Joe Biden as well as #MeToo founder Tarana Burke

The crime report is released annually and is publicly available online.