Interpersonal violence can affect anyone during their lifetime. A report by the 2017 CDC’s National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey found:
- 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men experienced some form of sexual violence
- 1 in 3 of women and 1 in 3 of men experienced sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner
- 1 in 6 women and 1 in 19 men experienced stalking
In 2016 The National Center for Transgender Equity found that:
- Almost half of transgender people experience sexual assault at some point in their lifetime
Another 2017 study by Valentine and colleagues found that:
- Compared to cisgender women, all Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming (TGNC) subgroups reported elevated odds of physical or sexual intimate partner violence, including transgender women (past-year prevalence 12.1%), transgender men (6.6%), gender non-binary individuals (8.2%,), and TGNC individuals who did not report their gender identity (9.1%).
In 2020, the Center on Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) conducted the #iSpeak campus climate survey on the Rutgers University–Camden campus to assess the climate around sexual misconduct and dating violence. All students enrolled at Rutgers–Camden during the fall semester were invited to participate in the survey. The number of total participants was 1,236, which represented 17.5% of the entire student body.
The victimization statistics at Rutgers–Camden are similar to colleges and universities around the country, indicating that undergraduate women and transgender, gender non-binary and gender queer students are at greater risk. Additionally, slightly over 50% of students, who have been in romantic partnerships since coming to campus, have experienced at least one abusive behavior from their partner.
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In 2016, Rutgers University Camden conducted the first Campus Climate Survey to identify trends and needs regarding sexual violence at our RUC campus community.
The 2016 survey led to creating the Office of Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance at RUC. For more information about campus climate surveys at Rutgers University visit: https://socialwork.rutgers.edu/centers/center-violence-against-women-and-children/research-and-evaluation/understanding-and
In 2020, RUC and VPVA conducted a follow-up campus climate survey to identify current trends and needs. The 2020 survey was expanded to include questions on domestic and dating violence and trauma experienced prior to attending RUC.
Prior to administering the survey, an advisory board was created to assist with the development of outreach measures to promote the survey to students. The advisory board was comprised of several key stakeholders from multiple departments across the school.
In total, 1,236 students participated in the survey - a 17.5% response rate - from October 20, 2021 through December 22, 2020.
Of the students who took the survey, 72% identified as women, 25% identified as men, and a little less than three percent identified as transgender, gender queer, non-binary, or another gender.
The key findings from the survey were used by VPVA and the advisory board to generate an action plan for the campus to respond to the findings through support, education and policy development.