17,000 official reports of sex assaults by students over a four-year period
Relying on state education records, supplemented by federal crime data, a yearlong investigation by The Associated Press uncovered roughly 17,000 official reports of sex assaults by students over a four-year period, from fall 2011 to spring 2015.
Fondling is the most
frequent type of sex assault reported at school — nearly 80 percent of
all school sexual assault cases between students are incidents of
unwanted fondling. The remaining 20 percent are cases of sodomy, other
penetration and rape, reports of which spike in the teen years. AP
analyzed the most recent publicly available federal crime data.
More than 2,800 cases of
sexual assault, involving more than 3,300 victims, were reported at
elementary and secondary schools during 2013 and 2014. Victims of sexual
assault in school are most often pre-teens or young teens. Boys are
more than 40 percent of the youngest victims, but as students age, girls
are much more likely to be sexually assaulted at school. AP analyzed
the most recent available federal crime data.