CHICO, Calif. - Chico State has released its annual security report, which involves crime statistics from the years 2015 to 2017.
One of the biggest statistics that the report shows is an increase in rape reports from 2015 to 2017, based on the calendar year, not the academic year.
According to the statistics, reports of campus rape increased from three to nine from 2015 to 2017.
Reports of non-campus rape increased from one to 3 from 2015 to 2017.
"National data I think is clear at this point that sexual violence and sexual harassment on college and university campus is a significant activity that campuses have to respond to and support their students, faculty and their staff," said John Reid, police chief for Chico State University Police.
Reid said that he has worked with Chico State since the '80s and he has only seen programs for sexual assault victims such as Title IX or Safe Place be developed in the past five years.
Action News Now reporter Laura Eng asked administrators who work with sexual assault cases what they thought about the statistics and they said that the increase in numbers can be seen as a good thing because that means that Chico State is moving more toward a culture that's becoming comfortable talking about sexual assault.
"It's not something we're ashamed of," said Dylan Saake, Title IX coordinator. "We think it's not a change in what's happening, we think we're finding out more about what's already going on."
Saake said that it's important for students to know the resources that are available to them on campus. Another resource students can use is called Safe Space.
"We see more than what that report says because we are a confidential resource," Alix Macdonald, Safe Place advocate administrator. "Often times these are people that they know and see on campus, so fear of retaliation or not being believed are probably the two biggest factors as well as just not knowing what their options are."
Chico State students also weighed in on their thoughts on the newly released statistics.
Ariana Reposa, a sophomore at Chico State, said that she always walks with friends and lets people know where she is at night.
"I try to take care of myself and use proper precautions as best as you can," she said.
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