Annual crime report shows increase in reporting to SAPAC

Sunday, October 2, 2016 - 9:10pm

The University of Michigan released its Annual Security Report & Annual Fire Safety Report Friday afternoon, showing an increase in every crime category reported to Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center since last year. Incidents of sexual assault reported to the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center almost tripled, jumping from 44 to 124 cases in 2015.

Additionally, reporting of intimate partner violence went up by 25 cases, stalking by 38 cases and sexual harassment by 23 cases.

The statistics are released every year in compliance with the Clery Act, the federal law mandating crime reporting by universities and colleges. This year’s report is the first to include intimate partner violence and stalking, two new categories added to the scope of the sexual misconduct policy. SAPAC director Holly Rider-Milkovich said in a March interview with the Daily the additions better follow federal guidelines.

“It aligns with the Clery Act and Title IX concerns,” she said. “We want these behaviors that students sometimes experience concurrently to fall under the same policy.”

Though the data was compiled before the July 1 implementation of the new sexual misconduct policy, the University has placed more emphasis on encouraging student awareness. University President Mark Schlissel said in March he hoped the revisions would increase student reporting.

“This might make people more likely to come forward … and we hope that’s the case,” he said.