Saturday, September 29, 2018
Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio (the state's largest university) has reported an increase in campus burglaries, aggravated assault, and sexual assaults, according to its annual crime report (as required by the Clery Act).
57 rapes were reported in 2016 and 71 in 2017. However, the University believes that there really was no increase in rapes - the victims are coming forward and reporting more assaults because of increased awareness and understanding of sexual assault and domestic violence.
There was an 157% increase between 2016 and 2017 in the number of campus burglaries, which the university attributes to the opening of new residence halls. They claim to be implementing programs and practices to keep the students safer. Further, the Interim Ohio State Police Chief says that there are over 10,000 people on campus at any given time, making the campus a city of its own. He maintains that the police are constantly patrolling and talking to students to make it a safer campus. Video