By Vivian Nunez
April 14, 2016
Credit : Flickr user Shoshanah

Louisiana State University’s school newspaper, The Daily Reveille, found that of the last 12 rapes reported on campus, 11 of them occurred during an LSU gameday or gameday weekends.

“The LSUPD daily crime log for the past six years shows that seven of its 12 reported rapes allegedly occurred on the days or weekends of LSU football games, two on LSU basketball gamedays and two on the days of LSU baseball games,” explains the newspaper. “All but one football and one basketball game were at home.”

This isn’t the first time that a suggested correlation between athletic departments, or events, and campus sexual assault has been drawn.

In 2014, Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) released a study that showed that 20 percent of the largest public institutions and 15 percent of the largest private institutions give athletic departments oversight in campus sexual assault cases involving student athletes.

In their investigation, The Daily Reveille also cited a study led by Texas A&M University researcher Jason Lindo on the correlation between rapes and college gamedays.

“A December report by Lindo and his colleagues suggests that Division I football gamedays are marked by 28 percent more reports of rape among 17-to-24-year-old women,” states the paper. “Lindo’s research concluded that football games mark 253-770 additional rapes per year across all 128 Division IA football schools — a category that includes LSU, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, University of Louisiana at Monroe and Louisiana Tech University.”

According to The Daily Reveille, “the research also showed reports of rape increased by 41 percent during college home games and increased by 15 percent during away games.”

Nationally statistics state that 1 in 5 women will be sexually assaulted during their time in college. Research has shown that there is an increased likelihood of rape during the first few weeks of the fall semester.

Various organizations use these statistics and the research on specific increased times of danger to encourage fellow students to become active bystanders. It’s On Us is one organization that has been pushing for grassroots movement for the last few years.

In many cases the organizations try to stress the importance of creating a culture of bystander intervention and one of a safe community for those who have been assaulted to feel protected enough to come forward.

At LSU this movement may have potentially taken a step back when LSUPD’s spokesperson Lt. Kevin Scott stated:

“If you surveyed 100 girls, or 1,000 female students on LSU’s campus, will you really see on in five that say they’ve been sexually assaulted, if they’re really being honest? Is that accurate? I mean, look at the numbers.”

Jezebel commented on Scott’s remarks with:

“If we’re being really honest, maybe this is one of the reasons that women underreport rape and sexual assault.”

While Scott questioned the 1 in 5 often-reported statistic, he did not touch on the fact that less than five percent of sexual assaults are ever reported on campus for various reasons, one being that the women on campus feel like the cards are stacked against them.

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