The University of Houston Department of Public Safety has released its 2005 Annual Security Report. The report details campus crime statistics ranging from homicide, sexual offenses, robbery, burglary, arson to motor vehicle theft. As the Women’s Resource Center we are especially interested in violence against women, however, the report does not include a gender breakdown of victims. In 2005 there were three reported forcible sex offenses that occurred on campus and two that occurred in residential facilities. There was one reported non forcible sex offense. There were no reported sexual offences in 2004, so these numbers represent an increase in reported incidents.
However, research reveals that the majority of sexual assault victims do not report their assault. In one statewide study of sexual assault only 20% of female victims reported their sexual assault and only 12% of male victims. The report also found that almost 2 million adult Texans have been sexually assaulted sometime in their lives, 20% of all women versus 5% of all men. The report was authored by social work researchers Noel Bridgett Busch, Holly Bell, Diana DiNitto, and Jim Neff and is available on the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work research center website under homepage of the Institute for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.