Case Western Reserve University is a community dependent upon trust and respect for its constituent members: students, faculty, staff and those under temporary contract. Sexual assault is a violation of that trust and respect, and will not be tolerated. Sexual assault is a serious crime that can occur to men and women, whether gay, straight, transgender or bisexual.
Sexual assault is a growing problem on college campuses nationwide. Women ages 16 to 24 experience rape at four times the rate of assault for all women. College women are more at risk for rape and other forms of sexual assault than women the same age but not in college. Ninety percent of college women who are raped are raped by someone they know. Survey data suggest that up to 10 percent of acquaintance rape victims on campus are men.
Case is an urban campus, and crime is a fact of life in a big city. And while most students will be neither a victim nor a perpetrator of sexual assault during their stay here, they may know someone who is.