Chattanooga State Community College - 2University of Tennessee at Chattanooga - 6Cleveland State Community College - 0University of Tennessee at Knoxville - 2Source: Tennessee Bureau of Investigation College students reported about 27 percent more forcible sexual offenses on Tennessee campuses in 2015 than in 2014, according to new data from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
Reports of rape, sodomy, sexual assault with an object and forcible fondling went up by 26.6 percent across the state, according to the agency's annual "Crime on Campus" report released this week.
“My mom and my dad got into some five percenter shit for about five years, I guess that was big back in 1996. My parents really got into like head wraps and my stepdad changed his name to Mustafa. “There’s more culture [in Tennessee] than people think is down there.
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Across the state, 880 thefts were reported, which is about a 23 percent decrease from 2014, when more than 1,000 thefts were reported.
Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke on Thursday applauded efforts by both advocates and law enforcement to improve the process of reporting sexual assault and keeping campuses safer.
Advocates and law enforcement officers say the increase is an indicator that more people who are victims of assault are coming forward about the incidents and reporting them to authorities.
The higher numbers don't necessarily suggest a higher rate of sexual assault, said Rebecca O' Conner, vice president for public policy at the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network.