Who’s most at risk of sexual assault on campus

Move-in day for freshmen at Yale University in New Haven,  Aug. 22, 2014.
Move-in day for freshmen at Yale University in New Haven, Aug. 22, 2014.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — As college students head back to school, new and alarming statistics are coming out about sexual assaults on campus. Freshmen are the most at risk.

You may have heard about the many campus sexual assault lawsuits around the country, and you probably heard about the recent settlement UConn paid to women who said they were assaulted when they were students, but you might not know that a US Justice Department report quoted in the Hartford Courant says the very first days of freshman year are the riskiest.

The paper reports experts explain the reason is freshmen are vulnerable because they don’t have a support network yet and are just trying to fit in. Seeing as many are away from home for the first time, they may also be experimenting with alcohol and other drugs for the first time.

The good news is, new federal laws now require colleges and universities to educate students about campus sexual assaults, and put in place clear guidelines for reporting them and getting help after.

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