CMU, Pitt Report Highest Sexual Assault Numbers In Pittsburgh

Universities across the country were required to publish their annual reports on sexual assault this week

October 03, 2018 - 4:41 pm

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Pittsburgh universities made public their sexual assault numbers by Monday's deadline with the city's two largest universities, the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, reporting the highest numbers. 

CMU has nearly half the enrollment of Pitt, yet their numbers are the highest in the city for rape, dating violence and stalking. 

In a written statement, CMU spokesperson Jason Maderer said some of the numbers are duplicates. An instance of stalking between two people who were dating would qualify as both stalking and dating violence. He added that the increased numbers are believed to be the result of increased awareness of available resources and better reporting. 

“Sexual assault crimes are grossly under-reported nationally. At Carnegie Mellon University, we have made significant investments to educate our campus on the importance of reporting, in addition to making campus more aware of the resources and support available to those impacted by sexual violence. This includes a university survey of students conducted in 2015 that led to a clearer, easier-to-understand reporting process."

Universities are required to report sexual assault numbers under the Clery Act. It went into effect in 1990 after Lehigh University student Jeanne Clery was raped and murdered in her dorm room. 

Pittsburgh Action Against Rape Executive Director Alison Hall said local universities have made an effort to provide more resources and improve reporting methods, so they could see higher numbers because more people are reporting.

"I think over the years, every university is going to see an increase due to awareness of reporting, the services or the options that are given to students. High numbers is not alarming. I'm thinking you would continue to see those increase."

The following numbers were collected from 2015 to 2017.