- Among undergraduate students, 26.4% of females and 6.8% of males experience rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence, or incapacitation*
- Most sexual assaults are perpetrated by acquaintances of the survivors, not strangers.
- More than 90% of sexual assault victims do not report the assault
Sexual assault is one of the most underreported crimes in the United States, leaving many survivors feeling unheard and silenced. The National Clothesline Project, developed in 1990, is a way for survivors of gender-based violence to anonymously share their experiences and messages. In 2021, Miami Dade College, Office of Sexual Violence Prevention, began conducting a modified version of the project to increase awareness regarding the alarming rates of sexual assault, the experiences of survivors, and display community support for survivors. Survivors and allies have created the shirts in our virtual gallery to increase awareness, share their stories, and emphasizes respect and support for victims of sexual violence. Miami Dade College departments also worked together to create shirts to help support a culture of intolerance of non-violence!
Your Safety is Important
Miami Dade College is committed to providing an institutional environment where all persons may pursue their studies, careers, duties, and activities in an atmosphere free of the threat of unwelcome and unwanted sexual offenses and violence. The College prohibits offenses of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking on its campuses and has developed policies and procedures to be followed once it has been determined that a sexual offense has occurred.
If you or someone you know experiences violence on campus CALL your Campus Public Safety Department. They will notify local police authorities upon your request. You may request anonymity to the extent practicable and permitted by law.
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* Statistics listed above provided by:
- Information provided by: David Cantor, Bonnie Fisher, Susan Chibnall, Reanna Townsend, et. al. Association of American Universities (AAU), Report on the AAU Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct (January 17, 2020). ("Victim services agency” is defined in this study as a “public or privately funded organization that provides victims with support and services to aid their recovery, offer protection, guide them through the criminal justice process, and assist with obtaining restitution.” RAINN presents this data for educational purposes only, and strongly recommends using the citations to review any and all sources for more information and detail.)
- Black, M.C., Basile, K.C., Breiding, M.J., Smith, S.G., Walters, M.L., Merrick, M.T., Chen, J., & Stevens, M.R. (2011). The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS): 2010 Summary Report. Atlanta, GA: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- National Institute of Justice, "Most Victims Know Their Attacker," September 30, 2008, nij.ojp.gov: http://nij.ojp.gov/topics/articles/most-victims-know-their-attacker
- Cullen, F., Fisher, B., & Turner, M., The sexual victimization of college women (NCJ 182369). (2000). Retrieved from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/182369.pdf