Given the acts of violence which have occurred on college campuses over the past couple of years, most college parents are justifiably worried about the safety of their students.
Student safety has always been of utmost importance to college administrators , however the issue has gotten even more focus recently.
The Federal government just published a report which involved the U.S. Secret Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Education Department which analyzed acts of violence on college campuses. The report address the most common causes and motivations behind the crimes and revealed some interesting findings:
One of the key conclusions of the study was that attackers are most likely to target specific persons because they have an intimate relationship with the victims.
The report: defined the following “Factors that Motivated or Triggered the Directed Assaults”
Related to an Intimate Relationship 33.9%
Retaliation for Specific Action(s) 13.7%
Refused Advances or Obsession with the Target 10.1%
Response to Academic Stress/Failure 10.1%
Acquaintance/Stranger Based Sexual Violence 9.7%
Psychotic Actions 7.9%
Workplace Dismissal/Sanction 6.2%
Need to Kill / Specific Victimology 3.1%
Draw Attention to Self/Issue(s) 3.1%
Bias Related 2.2%
In future CollegeTipsForParents.org posts, we plan to provide tips and information from security experts on staying safe at college, campus safety, and security at college.