Reported rapes on Texas university campuses rising

Published: Oct. 18, 2017 at 10:37 PM CDT
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Over the last three years, the number of reported rape cases on Texas A&M's campus has quadrupled.

According to the annual security report there were 30 cases reported on campus in 2016. In 2015 13 were reported and 6 in 2014.

At several Texas universities, the number of sexual assault reports have increased, and officials say the higher numbers are likely to reflect greater awareness and the willingness of victims to come forward.

"I think it's more acceptable to come forward and I think they don't feel ashamed and they can come forward and their story won't be judged," said Brianna Cody, a Texas A&M student.

In the last legislative session, lawmakers passed a pair of bills that make it easier for victims to report the violations, including the option to file assaults electronically.

In a statement from Texas A&M they acknowledged the rise in sexual assault cases. Amy Smith the spokesperson for the university said, "Any sexual assault is a terrible thing. But, reporting it shines a light on the issue and helps mitigate future occurrences."