Click the layer box at top to switch between data showing violent incidents and sex crimes.Zoom in and move the map to find a school or search for it by municipality, making sure to include NJ.Acts of violence and sexual assault at New Jersey’s colleges and other post-secondary schools were higher in 2015 than a year earlier, which could be a positive sign that victims are feeling more comfortable in coming forward and reporting incidents.The data are timely, as former Vice President Joe Biden visited Rutgers University’s New Brunswick campus last week and told students that non-consensual sex is assault and urged them to support victims and to create an environment in which sexual violence is not tolerated.“We’ll have succeeded in this fight when not a single one of you, when not a single woman who is abused or raped ever asks herself what did I do,” Biden told a crowd of more than 2,000 students as part of the national “It’s On Us” campaign to end sexual assault on campuses.“Listen to me, I promise you, we can change the culture.” The from the U. Department of Education count 197 sexual crimes committed on New Jersey campuses and at school-affiliated locations in 2015, the most recent year available — an increase of roughly a quarter over 2014.Incidents of violence against women also rose over the same period by about 45 percent to 448 in 2015.
“We know that higher numbers of reported incidents at a college or university don’t mean an institution is unsafe.
Rather, that reflects an open culture where reporting is encouraged and survivors know they’ll be believed and the system will take them seriously ...
Many survivors do not disclose for many years, if ever.
Campuses that have created a culture of trust are doing something right.” Rape was the most common crime, with 119 reported in 2015.
The vast majority occurred on school campuses and almost nine in 10 occurred in student housing.