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New Survey Reinforces 1-In-5 College Sexual Assault Statistic

DURHAM, NC - APRIL 11:   Students pass under the arches at Duke University  Tuesday, April 11, 2006 in Durham, North Carolina
DURHAM, NC - APRIL 11: Students pass under the arches at Duke University Tuesday, April 11, 2006 in Durham, North Carolina. The investigation into the Duke lacrosse players regarding allegations of a sexual assault of a woman hired as a private dancer March 13 are continuing despite DNA tests having have found no evidence linking the lacrosse players with the alleged rape. (Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)

Twenty percent of young women who attended college during the past four years say they were sexually assaulted, according to a Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll. But the circle of victims on the nation’s campuses is probably even larger.

Many others endured attempted attacks, the poll found, or suspect that someone violated them while they were unable to consent. Some say they were coerced into sex through verbal threats or promises.

In all, the poll found, 25 percent of young women and 7 percent of young men say they suffered unwanted sexual incidents in college.

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