Sexual assault is more pervasive in Texas now than in 2003, the time of the last statewide survey, according to a new study by the Institute on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault (IDVSA) at The University of Texas at Austin.
“Our science today more accurately measures sexual assault crimes while an increase in public awareness over the past decade may mean that people think differently about their own victimization,” said social work professor Noël Busch-Armendariz, lead investigator and IDVSA director.
The survey also found that 2 in 5 women and 1 in 5 men have experienced some form of sexual assault. Whereas women are primarily sexually assaulted by men, men have an almost equal chance of being assaulted by either a woman or a man.
“It is clear that we must continue to propel sexual assault onto our state agenda,” stated Dr. Busch-Armendariz. “Our responses should be swift, strategic and systematic, with targets from prevention to accountability. This crime makes an impact on our family members, co-workers, friends and students that attend our schools — those whom we describe in this study are all Texans.”
Download the study’s Final Reports below: