“When we pressed academics and university managers on their best estimate of how many students suffered sexual harassment or abuse, we found surprising agreement,” said one of the authors, John Edmonds, visiting professor at Durham Business School and former general secretary of the GMB trade union. “They believe around 15% of female students and 3% of male students are abused while at university. This equates to about 50,000 students being abused every year.”
Not unless we’re stretching the meaning of the term “sexual abuse” we don’t believe it that is.
Who would allow – let alone aid in, even pressure to do so – their daughters, sisters, future wives etc to go to a place where there’s a greater than one in seven chance of their being sexually abused? That’s just not how humans work.
We all would indeed allow – aid, pressure – them to go off to a place where maybe someone might look at them a bit funny, unwantedly ask if they’re up for a bit and so on. Because that is how humans work.
It’s only if we start to call that second sexual abuse that we end up with people being willing to send the distaff side of life to university.
Yes, rape happens, it shouldn’t and stamp hard on those who do it. Etc. But we can only get to a 15% prevalence by extending the abuse term from that hard end to something so mushy that it’s meaningless.