Evaluating the One-in-Five Statistic: Women’s Risk of Sexual Assault While in College

  title={Evaluating the One-in-Five Statistic: Women’s Risk of Sexual Assault While in College},
  author={Charlene L. Muehlenhard and Zo{\"e} D. Peterson and Terry P. Humphreys and Kristen N. Jozkowski},
  journal={The Journal of Sex Research},
  pages={549 - 576}
In 2014, U.S. president Barack Obama announced a White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault, noting that “1 in 5 women on college campuses has been sexually assaulted during their time there.” Since then, this one-in-five statistic has permeated public discourse. It is frequently reported, but some commentators have criticized it as exaggerated. Here, we address the question, “What percentage of women are sexually assaulted while in college?” After discussing definitions of… 

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