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UT Students Respond To Sexual Assault Numbers

Updated: Tuesday, July 1 2014, 12:53 PM CDT
College campuses are vast and convicted sex offenders work and walk among students.

University of Texas student Wendy Zhang always carries pepper spray with her. She said she has heard the stories and stats about sexual crimes.

"There is no guarantee that it won't happen," Zhang said. "UT is huge, and you can't have cameras in every single corner."

According to numbers reported from each university through the Clery Act, the University of Texas reported 19 sexual assaults from 2010 to 2012 and according to the DPS Web site four UT students are registered sex offenders.

News of these crimes circulates around campus as fast as the campus newspaper, and because students are concerned, university stores said pepper spray is constantly flying off the shelves

But, experts said so many cases go unreported, and up to 90-percent of the time the victim knows the perpetrator.

Jane Morgan Bost is the Associate Director with the UT counseling and mental health center.

She said she is working to change the culture barrier, and help victims fell safe to come forward and speak out about the crime.

"People tend to associated sexual assaults with the stranger in the alley," Bost said. "You have to be able to create a campus where survivors know that they will be taken seriously, and they will be treated with respect, and that they will be believed and that there are resources available to them that they can access."
   
By Cassie GalloUT Students Respond To Sexual Assault Numbers


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