Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Awareness Flags Project

Sexual Violence is a prevalent issue affecting students on college campuses across the country. Its pervasiveness in our community can be recognized by the 3,318 flags planted on the Watson Lawn.

The goal of this project is to recognize survivors, increase awareness about Sexual Violence, and acknowledge how it affects students on our campus. 

Below are graphics and statistics displaying the rates of victimization. As you observe the data, it's important to recognize that rates of victimization vary by social group identities. Survivors hold many different identities which impact their experiences. The statistics below help us understand the pervasiveness of sexual violence. These statistics do not dictate an individual's risk. No survivor holds only one identity.

Thank you for visting our Awareness Flag display, visiting our SAAM 2021 Website, and increasing awareness about Sexual Violence during Sexual Assault Awareness Month.


KU Students & Sexual Violence.

At KU, it is estimated that one in six undergraduate students will experience sexual violence. This figure would equate to an estimated 3,318 of 19,195 (17%) full-time enrolled students at the University of Kansas Lawrence campus.

Female Students & Sexual Violence.

Nationally, one in four cisgenderi women will experience sexual violence while in college.1 At KU, this percentage would equate to an estimated 2,504 of 10,018 (25%) full-time enrolled female students.

Male Students & Sexual Violence. 

Nationally, one in fourteen cisgenderi men will experience sexual violence while in college.1 At KU, this percentage would equate to an estimated 651 of 9,110 (7%) full-time enrolled male students.

Transgender, Genderqueer, Genderquestioning, and Nonbinary (TGQN) Students & Sexual Violence.

Nationally, one in two TGQN individuals will experience sexual violence while in college.2 At KU, this percentage would equate to an estimated 163 of 326 (50%) full-time enrolled TGQN students.

iCisgender [sis-jen-der] | adjective (cisgender people (not cisgenders)) - A term used by some to describe people who are not transgender. "Cis-" is a Latin prefix meaning "on the same side as," and is therefore an antonym of "trans-." A more widely understood way to describe people who are not transgender is simply to say non-transgender people.3



Race/Ethnicity & Sexual Violence







Sexual Orientation & Sexual Violence





1Source: Report on the AAU Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Misconduct (Revised: January 17, 2020) https://www.aau.edu/sites/default/files/AAU-Files/Key-Issues/Campus-Safety/Revised%20Aggregate%20report%20%20and%20appendices%201-7_(01-16-2020_FINAL).pdf

2Source: Let’s Talk about It: A Transgender Survivor’s Guide to Accessing Therapy: http://forge-forward.org/2015/05/07/lets-talk-about-it-a-transgender-survivors-guide-to-accessing-therapy/ 

3Source: Gender Nation Glossary: LGBTQ Definitions, Gender Identity, Sexual Orientations: https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/lgbtq-definitions-gender-sexuality-terms

4Source: The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS): 2010 Summary Report.

5Source: Extent, Nature, and Consequences of Rape Victimization: Findings From the National Violence Against Women Survey from the Department of Justice.

6Source: The NISVS: An Overview of 2010 Findings on Victimization by Sexual Orientation

Full-time enrolled students at the University of Kansas Lawrence campus derived from: https://air.ku.edu/interactive_factbook/enrollment

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