The Stats Tell the Story.
Sports culture contains many hyper-masculine attitudes that contribute to an over representation of male athletes in violence against women.
- A 3 year study shows that while male student-athletes comprise 3.3% of the population, they represent 19% of sexual assault perpetrators and 35% of domestic violence perpetrators. (Benedict/Crosset Study)
- One in three college sexual assaults are committed by athletes. (Benedict/Crosset Study)
- In the three years before 1998, an average of 1000 charges were brought against athletes each year. (Benedict/Crosset Study)
- In 1995, while only 8.5% of the general population was charged with assault, 36.8% of athletes were charged with assault. (Benedict/Crosset Study)
- The general population has a conviction rate of 80%. The conviction rate of an athlete is 38%. (Benedict/Crosset Study)
- A new incident of athlete crime emerges once every two days - that does NOT include crimes that were unreported in the media. (NCAVA)
- 84% of the public believes colleges should revoke the scholarship of a player convicted of a crime. (ESPN SportsZone Poll)
- 20% of college football recruits in the Top 25 Division I teams have criminal records.
- A college rapist will have raped seven times before being caught.
These statistics were compiled by Jeff Benedict and Todd Crosset. The publishing of these statistics were upsetting to anyone affiliated with college sports. In fact, the Northeastern University Center for the Study of Sport and Society refused to publish these statistics.