We got this email just now on the climate survey that we filled out earlier this academic year:
"Unwanted sexual conduct: A small but meaningful number of respondents experienced a range of unwanted sexual conduct while at KU, and 2 percent, the majority of which were students, reported unwanted sexual contact. Of those students reporting unwanted sexual contact, 72 percent indicated alcohol was involved. The contact was most likely to occur during the fall semester of an undergraduate’s first year. Regrettably, only 12 percent of individuals who said they experienced unwanted sexual contact reported it to KU offices."
This, to me, is completely believable. First, that the number is 2%, that the majority of people reporting it are undergraduate students, and that the conduct occurred in the Fall semester of Freshman year. To percentage of events involving alcohol and the reporting rate are also highly verisimilar. A climate survey of this type is almost guaranteed to provide some bad news, and since filling it out wasn't obligatory people who have had bad experienced might be more inclined to answer in the first place. We know that negative events are more psychologically salient. The overall finding of the survey are not all that out of line with reality either, though I think more than 68% of the faculty has considered leaving.
It takes some cognitive dissonance to see this findings and reconcile them with a recent display near the library that paraded the 1 in 4 / or 1 in 5 numbers for rape.
Students also report social marginalization. There is a large category that includes both being bullied and being ignored. It would be useful to know what the breakdown is, since those are two quite different things. Ignoring someone is almost a default in many situations, whereas bulling is active aggression