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UNM survey: 25 percent of students encounter sexual harassment

University of New Mexico students walk through the campus during lunch hour in this file photo.

University of New Mexico students walk through the campus during lunch hour in this file photo.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — About 25 percent of University of New Mexico students say they’ve experienced sexual harassment in the past year and 10 percent have reported a non-consensual sexual experience in the same time period.

Of those in the non-consensual incidents, a majority or three in five of the students abstained from reporting because, “they did not think it was serious enough to report.”

That information comes from a survey that queried roughly 3,000 UNM students on sexual assault and harassment.

That same survey also found that roughly 80 percent of student believe UNM “takes sexual misconduct complaints seriously.” And three in four students said UNM does a “good job” of providing services to those who have experienced sexual assault.

“Sexual misconduct won’t just go away, and it has a terrible social and emotional cost. Tough as it is, I’m glad we are united in our resolve to improve,” UNM President Bob Frank said in a statement.

The report comes on the heels of a critical Department of Justice report that found UNM had failed to comply with federal gender anti-discrimination laws. This is a developing story. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

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