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Report: More than 40 rapes at the University of Utah within the past four years

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) - Within the past four years, there have been 41 rapes involving University of Utah students.

This is according to data provided by the university.

The combined statistic includes 18 rapes in 2015, eight in 2016 and 15 in 2017.

The number could be higher since the stats for 2018 aren't anticipated to be released until September. That's when the university publishes its annual security and fire report. 

However, ABC4 was able to obtain numbers for 2019.

Since the start of the year, there have been seven incidents reported that include sexual battery, lewdness and two assaults.

One of the attacks happened on March 25, and the most recent an attempted sexual assault that happened early Saturday morning near Rice-Eccles Stadium.

The news has students shaken.

"For me personally, it's a really scary reality I am still trying to figure out how to deal with," said Boyana Martinova, a freshman at the university.

Both cases are still open investigations.

Following the March attack, the university says it increased the number of officers and security staff patrolling campus in an effort to help provide safety escorts.

"I think that it's very widespread, and I think it's shockingly widespread," said Martinova. "Most media outlets don't really like to talk about it, and most universities don't like to talk about it because at a lot of places it's just pushed under the rug."

The rise in sexual assaults is a growing problem on college campuses nationwide.

According to the national average, college women are twice as likely to be sexually assaulted than robbed.

This is all according to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network. It's the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization.


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