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UConn says sex-assault survey shows students feel safe

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UConn officials have released the results of a survey designed to measure the problem of sexual violence on its campuses and say it shows their students feel safe.

The anonymous survey of 6,000 random students was administered in November 2015 by the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium. About 1,500 students from Storrs and the regional campuses responded.

The school says 5.5 percent of those responding said they have been the victim of a sexual assault. Eighty-two percent of respondents said they feel safe and 77 percent indicated they know what sexual assault is and how to recognize it.

Officials say they are concerned that only 55 percent of respondents say they know how to report an incident of sexual assault or know the confidential resources available to sexual assault victims.

"That is surprising because I feel like we're always taught how to handle situations like that," said UConn student Melanie Stroud.

Despite the findings, most students Eyewitness News spoke to said they feel safe.

"I don't put myself in dangerous situations at night," said UConn student Brittany Robertson.

"I feel safe here. It's always well lit. I always see police officers driving around," Stroud said.

UConn officials said they plan to sponsor several events later this month to continue to address how to handle sexual assaults.

To read the full study, click here

To read the letter from UConn's president in response to report, click here

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