Missouri State University is seeing an increase in reported sexual assaults on campus.
The school reported an overall increase in reports with five reports since July. In 2018, the school reported a total of nine reports. The school noted that the reports are just reports; they may not have been investigated or any findings returned on those reports. The school did not comment on individual cases.
The school also said that not everyone involved in the reported assaults were students and that most of the assaults were not random attacks.
Missouri State Title IX coordinator Jill Patterson has told media in the past that in 80 to 90 percent of cases assaults come from an “abuse of trust” rather than an attack from a stranger.
Missouri State offers multiple programs to students to learn about sexual assault prevention and defensive moves. The school is offering their next 90 minute class taught by the Springfield Police Department on Tuesday, October 8. Get more information or register at the Missouri State website.
Missouri State officials are encouraging students or faculty who have been the victims of assaults to report the assault to University officials. A complaint can be filed online at the Missouri State’s Title IX website.