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In 2014 there has been several initiatives launched to address sexual assault on college campuses. Colleges and universities across the nation are exploring the best possible ways to tackle this issue.

Compared to predominately white institutions (PWIs), sexual assault cases are fairly lower at historically black colleges/universities (HBCUs), but that still does not minimize the criticism HBCUs face. According to NPR, critics not only question the survey that states HBCUs rank lower in regards to sexual assault cases, but also question whether or not HBCUs has the “resolve” to address the issue.

The largest survey to analyze sexual assault cases on HBCU campuses was conducted in 2008 by a nonprofit research group, RTI International. The group reviewed 4,000 women from four participating HBCUs and found sexual assault cases were approximately five percent lower than other college campuses — 6.2 percent versus 11 percent at PWIs.

In addition, Christopher Krebs, the survey’s lead researcher, found not only is alcohol consumption at an HBCU significantly lower, but also women who attend PWIs also consume alcohol at a lower rate than their white counterparts. Krebs believe it is not so much a “campus phenomenon as it is a race phenomenon.”

However, there are some HBCUs that are under investigation by the Department of Education—Morgan State University being one of them. In March 2012 a young woman attending the university filed a sexual assault complaint alleging she had been sexually assaulted by another student in an off-campus housing.

The school is currently looking into the matter.

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  • CoolChic86

    Sooo, white people are shocked that an HBCU (read: black) might actually have lower instances of drunkenness and sexual assaults on campus. But I thought black people were all stereotypical. (sarcasm)

  • Brad

    I always hate when people accuse HBCU’s of being party schools. That and place every negative stereotype you might find in some big city housing project on HBCU’s.

    Because they are not use to seeing or thinking about black folks any other way. Even when you are talking about a bunch of intellectual college students.

    The real story is that at PWI’s things can be more dangerous and loose.

  • MimiLuvs

    Just an idea…

    When it comes to drug/alcohol-related incidents that involves college students, I believe that the rate is lower at HBCUs than at PWI’s, due to two reasons:

    1)Not all students are interested in partaking in drug-related activities and drinking alcohol.

    2) I believe young, African/Black-American adults were raised with a keen sense of awareness for the consequences of our actions. Majority of the students know that Becky and Johnny won’t face harsher punishments by the law than the average, Black college student.

    Plus, there is the awareness that they are representing their family’s legacy. For a lot of these kids, they are the first person (from their families) to attend college.

  • Anthony

    To echo MimiLuvs, black students simply engage in drunken dumbassedness at a much lower rate than their white counterparts. I know for a fact that the lower rate of sexual assault at HBCUs will never the attention that news of a higher rate would have gotten.

  • Lexie

    Isn’t it a shame that ANY rate of sexual abuse on a college campus even exists. It’s more productive to work toward a common solution rather than harp on the fact this “white college” has women who are “get drunk therefore get assaulted at a high rate”, which is the underlying tone in the article and previous comments. One might say about women at HBCUs “it ain’t rape if they are giving it up”.

    Perhaps if we work collaboratively and we may just make some progress on the issue at hand.

    A Black woman who graduated from a “PWI”.