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Penn State survey finds sexual misconduct is common

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 13, 2016 2:06 PM
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A Penn State student walks in the rain past Old Main on the Penn State main campus in State College, Pa., Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

(State College) -- A survey of sexual misconduct at Penn State's main campus in State College found that more than three-quarters of undergraduate women have experienced offensive or harassing behavior from other students.

The survey was completed by nearly 3,000 undergraduate and more than 1,600 graduate students. The results were released Wednesday.

Nearly half of the women responding said they had been the target of offensive comments about their appearance, body or sexual activities.

The report says 30 percent of all undergrads at the flagship campus reported that someone had tried to establish a romantic, sexual relationship despite the students' attempts to discourage it.

The most common reason for not reporting incidents of stalking, violence or nonconsensual sexual contact was a feeling it would cause more trouble than it was worth.

The school has about 40,000 undergraduates.

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