The data, which comes from Department of Public Safety records, underscores earlier studies that showed students living in dormitories were 1.4 times more likely to be raped than those living off campus.
“Most people who experience sexual and interpersonal violence know their perpetrators, contrary to popular myths that assume rape only happens in dark alleyways or by a stranger jumping out from the bushes,” said Marybeth Seitz-Brown, a spokesperson for Students Active For Ending Rape on Campus (SAFER).
Granville Towers reported three assaults between January 2009 and December 2013 — the highest number of sexual assaults out of any residence hall during this period. The data is the most recent the Department of Public Safety could provide for this story.
But dormitory sexual assaults were largely concentrated on south campus, where most freshmen and sophomores live, rather than on north campus.
Hilary Delbridge, spokeswoman for UNC’s Title IX Office, did not respond to multiple requests for comment for this story. The Department of Housing and Residential Education deferred comment to her office.
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As recently as last week, a second-degree rape occurred in Craige Residence Hall, but no information was given to UNC students.
“The suspect’s identity is known and he is currently in another state. Thus, not currently considered an imminent threat to the University community,” said Randy Young, spokesman for the Department of Public Safety. “No arrests have been made yet.”