13% of PSU female students victims of sexual violence, study says

1 in 7 PSU women has been sexually assaulted

PORTLAND, Ore. -- One in seven women at Portland State University say they were victims of sexual violence, according to a study by the school released Tuesday.

The 13 percent rate is about half what schools around the nation report. The Association of American Universities reports a 23 percent figure nationwide.  About four percent of men said they were victims at PSU, which mirrors the five percent nationwide.

Some 12,500 students were invited to participate in the survey and 2,370 (19 percent) responded.

Of 82 transgender and students who identify with neither gender who responded to the survey, 29 percent reported being victims.

“We know that our trans and non-binary population does experience sexual misconduct and interpersonal violence at a higher rate than a lot of other individuals,” said Julie Caron, PSU’s Associate Vice President, Global Diversity & Inclusion and Title IX Coordinator

Younger students were more often the victims of sexual violence, according to the study.

While the students surveyed were familiar with traditional law enforcement resources on campus, far fewer  knew of outlets like the Title IX coordinator, interpersonal violence advocates, the Office of Equity & Compliance and the Office of the Dean of Student Life.

PSU is centered on the south end downtown Portland, absent of student housing levels found on the Oregon and Oregon State campuses. Many of its students commute and the survey reflected that.

It showed that only one in three students feel connected to the campus. Some three-fourths said they did not feel like they had a influence about PSU operations. About 57 percent said they did feel like a member of the campus.

Here is a part of the methodology in the survey used to define sexual violence:

“Sexual misconduct,” “sexual assault,”and “sexual violence” refer to a range of behaviors that are unwanted, including statements about physical appearance, unwanted sexual advances, or behaviors and threats of force to get someone to engage in sexual behavior. These terms also refer to sexual acts when they are non-consensual (unwanted), including intentional (purposeful) touching and oral, anal, or vaginal penetration (rape) or attempted penetration. Sexual misconduct also includes stalking and domestic/dating violence. These behaviors could be initiated by someone known or unknown to the person, including someone with whom they are in a relationship.

Brenda Tracy speaks to PSU athletes

On Tuesday, another survivor and advocate also spoke out in a big way.

"In 1998 I was drugged and brutally gang raped by four men. Two of those men played football for Oregon State University," said Brenda Tracy in her YouTube video.

Tracy's YouTube video promotes the launch of her "Set the Expectation” campaign.

“I'm asking the coaches to draw a line in the sand and set the expectation that sexual assault and physical violence are never okay,” Tracy said.

She wants coaches and athletes to sign a pledge, saying that if a player commits a crime they can get kicked off the team.

On Wednesday, Tracy spoke on the PSU campus and football players and coaches were required to attend.

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