Campus Rape

More than 12 thousand sexual assaults were reported in Florida in the last year. Thousands more went unreported.

Now, the state Department of Health is reaching out to college women with an anti rape phone calling card the department hopes the women will not have to use.

Florida State University student Amity Moncrief feels relatively safe on campus – but, "I am always aware of my surroundings"

Amity avoids walking on campus at night. A justice department study shows college women are more likely to be raped than non students of the same age.

Last year Florida universities reported 26 rapes. National statistics show almost three percent of college women experience rape or attempted rape each year. That's why Florida's Health Department is distributing calling cards with a rape hotline number.

University officials across the state are always trying to make college students feel safer.

Police say in many of the sexual assault cases it's not a stranger but an acquaintance. Major Tom Longo is with Florida State University campus police. "People will use alcohol and drugs as a social lubricant to get more access to what they want to happen that night. They need to be aware that's a crime."

125 thousand of the calling cards containing the rape hot line number are being distributed. But it is a number police hope students won't have to use.

Overall the number of reported rapes is down at most Florida universities from 2003 to 2004.


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