Editor’s Note: This story includes mention of sexual assault. Resources are available here.
IU police responded to reports of sexual battery and stalking at Teter Quad on Tuesday, according to the IU Police Department crime log.
Several students told an IU staff member one student made them uncomfortable by repeatedly making unwanted comments and touching them without their consent, IUPD Public Information Officer Hannah Skibba said. IUPD is working with university officials to investigate these reports, Skibba said.
According to IUPD’s crime log, there have been 22 rapes and 14 sexual batteries reported on campus since Aug. 17.
According to IU’s 2023 Security and Public Safety Report, there were 38 rapes reported on IU Bloomington’s campus and five rapes reported off-campus in 2022.
Off-campus cases include incidents that occurred at any building or property owned or controlled by a student organization, buildings owned or controlled by an institution directly supporting IU’s educational purposes and properties frequently used by students not within the geographic area of the institution. Off-campus cases also include incidents occurring on public property within or immediately adjacent to campus.
Also in 2022, there were 35 cases of fondling — defined as the non-consensual touching of private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification — reported on Bloomington’s campus, with an additional two cases occurring off-campus.
These numbers are a marked increase from previous years. In 2021, there were a combined 31 cases of rape and 21 cases of fondling on and off-campus. In 2020, there were 25 reports of rape and seven reports of fondling, although on-campus instruction paused mid-March that year due to the pandemic and did not resume until the fall.
Despite these numbers, more than 90% of sexual assault victims on college campuses do not report their assaults, according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.
A list of resources is available here if you or someone you know has experienced sexual harassment or abuse.