The rape-iest colleges in New Jersey: The latest grim data you need to know

 Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey File photo: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images

Rutgers University in New Brunswick

Rutgers University has been called everything from “party school” to “elite institution,” and for me, alma mater, but now a Washington Post analysis of newly released federal data adds “rape campus” to the list.

While the nation chokes on its collective bile over the case of Brock Turner, the star Stanford University swimmer who was sentenced to only six months in prison for a violent sexual assault outside a campus party — and whose father begged the court for even greater leniency on the grounds that his son’s life shouldn’t be ruined over “20 minutes of action,” the new data shows for every case like this that makes the national media there are many more that the public doesn’t hear about.

Despite never encountering or hearing about any sexual assaults while I attended, learning the school was ranked eighth in the nation for sexual violence against women is pretty gut-wrenching.

Some stats you need to know:

  • In 2014, the latest year for which data is available, NJ’s four-year schools reported a total of 84 rapes.
  • Seventeen Garden State colleges reported at least one rape. Ten reported none.
  • Rutgers’ New Brunswick-Piscataway campus was — by far — the campus where women were most likely to be victimized, with 32 reported rapes. According to the Post, Rutgers not only reported the greatest number of rapes in New Jersey, it also reported the seventh-highest number in the nation. No other NJ college reported more than seven (Rowan University).

To learn more about sexual assault at New Jersey colleges and universities — including a list of the number of attacks reported on each campus — see Kelly Heyboer’s and Adam Clark’s reporting on