University Study Looks At Campus Sex Aggression

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Monday, October 3, 2011

One in 10 students at Bridgewater State University has been the victim of sexual aggression since arriving on campus, according to survey results presented last week to students, faculty, and regional and state care providers who regularly deal with fallout from such incidents.

Richard Wright, chairman of the university’s criminal justice department and author of the study on unwanted sexual experience among local college students, said Bridgewater State’s 10 percent rate is in fact low for a college setting. The norm is over 20 percent, or one in five, he said.

Wright said he was surprised by the data.

“Our hypothesis was that Bridgewater State University would fall somewhere in the middle of campuses where studies had been done,’’ he said, adding that finding out why the rate is so low may be part of future research.

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