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09/19/15   Busch-Armendariz on Campus Sexual Assault Survey

A survey of sexual assault and misconduct at 27 university campuses across the nation shows that 23.1 percent of female undergraduates at the universities surveyed, and 18.5 percent of female undergraduates at The University of Texas at Austin, reported being the victim of sexual assault by… >>MORE

09/15/15   Sexual Assault in Texas

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 School of Social Work. The new survey reflects recent changes in the Texas Penal Code’s definition… >>MORE

02/27/15   Mapping Modern Slavery

More people are enslaved now than at any point in human history. The Texas Slavery Mapping Project aims to change that. Not long ago, Noël Busch-Armendariz visited the Austin apartment of a young woman who had survived human trafficking. The woman had fled her home in Central America… >>MORE

02/27/15   Busch-Armendariz on Ending Backlog of Untested Sexual Assault Kits

Dr. Noël Busch-Armendariz and Caitlin Sulley, from the Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (IDVSA), co-authored an editorial on ending the backlog of untested sexual assault kits, published in today’s Houston Chronicle. The editorial follows on the city of Houston’s announcement earlier… >>MORE


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09/21/15   Report: 1 in 5 female UT students Say They’ve Been Sexually Assaulted

Close to one in five female undergraduate students at the University of Texas have reported being sexually assaulted since enrolling at the school. That data is the result of a 27-campus survey of more than 150,000 students, including those at UT, released by the Association of American Universities… >>MORE

09/16/15   Despite Spike in Sex Assaults, Few Report Crimes to Police

A new study says incidents of sexual assault are up in Texas, but fewer people are reporting the crime to police. Thirty-three percent of Texas adults say they’ve been a victim of rape or sexual assault—that’s up from 13 percent in 2003. “In general, it grew exponentially,” said Noël Busch-Armendariz, Director of the Institute on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault… >>MORE

09/16/15   Texas Sexual Assault Numbers Grow, Though Fewer Victims Are Speaking Up

The way people in Texas define sexual assault has broadened quite a lot over the last ten years. Texas law prohibits not only physical sexual assault, but also forcing someone to participate in photos or movies and unwanted sexual experiences while intoxicated and unable to consent. According to a new study by researchers at the University of Texas… >>MORE

09/15/15   UT Study Finds 2 in 5 Women in Texas are Victims of Sexual Assault

About a third of adult Texans — 6.3 million — have been the victims of sexual assault, according to a new study by the University of Texas. Researchers surveyed a sample group of about 1,200 adults in the state between November and February and found that roughly 2 in 5 women and 1 in 5 men have been sexually assaulted. The number of sex assault victims… >>MORE


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