News & Notes: Reported rapes at Harvard nearly double from 2013 to 2014| Oct 5, 2015
Harvard's campus saw its number of reported rapes nearly double from 2013 to 2014, the Harvard Crimson reported.
Reported rapes increased from 17 in 2013 to 33 in 2014. The increase accompanied a much smaller increase, from 40 to 43, in sexual offenses overall. The term "sexual offense" refers to fondling, rape, incest and statutory rape.
Six of the 33 reported rapes were classified as "unfounded," meaning "any report of a crime that is found to be false or baseless" after law enforcement performs an investigation.
Dartmouth had 55 reported sex offenses in 2014, where "sex offenses" includes rape and fondling.
The University reported eight instances of rape in 2014 in its Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, released last Wednesday, compared with six instances of rape in 2013.
There were also 28 sexual offenses, two domestic violence offenses, one dating violence offense and five fondling offenses were also reported. Rape, fondling, incest and sodomy count as subsets of sexual assault in the University’s report.