Sexual assault more prevalent in fraternities and sororities, study finds

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A survey of University of Oregon students has revealed that students in fraternities and sororities experience a greater amount of sexual assault than students who are not.

The study, contained in the UO Sexual Violence and Institutional Behavior Campus Survey, revealed that 48.1 percent of females and 23.6 percent of males in Fraternity and Sorority Life have experienced non-consensual sexual contact. Females not in FSL reported 33.1 percent, and male 7.9 percent.

Thirty-eight percent of females in the FSLwere found to have experienced attempted or completed rape. None of the males in FSL have. Approximately 15 percent of females and .8 percent of males who do not participate in FSL on campus have experienced rape.

The survey was conducted by Jennifer Freyd, a UO psychology professor and sexual violence expert whose work has been featured during White House discussions about sexual assault. UO graduate students Marina Rosenthal and Carly Smith also helped conduct the study as part of a larger survey done in August and September to discover the rates of sexual assault on the university campus.

The survey includes data from over 1,000 randomly chosen undergraduate students at UO.

Freyd presented her preliminary data to the University Senate’s sexual assault task force at the beginning of October. The task force is reviewing the university’s current sexual assault policies and making recommendations for improvement.

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