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6 percent of UTSA students say they have been raped, survey says

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SAN ANTONIO – Six percent of University of Texas at San Antonio students said they have been raped, according to a University of Texas System survey on sexual assault and misconduct.

Thirteen of the 14 UT institutions participated in the study in the fall 2015 and spring 2016 semesters.

The survey focused on three main areas: students' experiences related to sexual assault and misconduct on and off campus, students' perceptions of their institution's responses to these issues and the impact of these forms of violence on students — such as missed classes, depression and increased use of drugs or alcohol.

The UT System said this report gives it a way to understand and improve the culture on its campuses.

“We are not going to run from this. We are not going to hide from this. We are going to take this head on,” said William H. McRaven, UT System chancellor. “The statistics that came out of this will always be difficult deal with. There is never a good statistic on sexual misconduct.”

The study showed that most of the unwanted sexual encounters happened off campus. The UT System said it will be making improvements to policies and programs across all campuses.

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