Report reveals rise in campus sex crimes

It was a mixed-bag of news from a federal report out this week on certain types of sexual offenses and bullying. While the number of middle and high school students who report being bullied at one time or another seems to be decreasing, the incidence of reported sex crimes on the nation’s college campuses is up, way up.

For example, according to the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Center for Education Statistics, the number of sex crimes reported on college campuses in 2001 stood at 2,200. In 2014, the number had increased to 6,700. Meanwhile, 65 percent of public schools in the 2013-14 school year reported at least one incident.

As far as bullying is concerned, 21 percent of middle and high school students overall report being victimized in school. However, gay, lesbian and bisexual students are bullied at a much higher rate, at 34 percent.

“There are areas of concern in terms of bullying and rates of victimization being high,” Lauren Musu-Gillette, one of the report authors, told downstate media. “We are seeing a long term decline, but we still want people to be paying attention to areas where rates are still high.”

Local educators with several Superiorland school districts have instituted anti-bullying programs in recent years. Sex education, meanwhile, and the process for reporting such crimes, has long been a part of school curriculums.

Still, obviously, much work needs to be done. We stand with local school officials and law enforcement in doing everything that’s possible in stopping sex crimes and bullies in their tracks.

Mining Journal (Marquette)