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Justice Dept. report says 80% of sexual assaults against college women go unreported

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(CNN) — Women not enrolled in college faced more cases of rape and sexual assault than those on campus for the period of 1995-2013, a new Department of Justice report shows.

The rate of rape and sexual assault among women (ages 18-24) was 1.2 times higher for non-students compared to students, according to the report released Thursday by the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

According to the new report, college students were more unlikely to report incidents (80%) compared to non-students (67%).

Looking at just the most recent year studied, 2013, however, there was no difference in the rates between students and non-students.

The report comes as efforts to combat campus sexual assault has seen renewed attention from the White House and Congress this year. The issue also became the center of debate after a now-questionable Rolling Stone article spurred stepped-up efforts by the University of Virginia to prevent rape and sexual assault.

Women who were considered students were those enrolled in a college, university, trade school or vocational school.

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