She's a student at American University in Washington, D.C. She's a real person. She's just like any of us.
Alexandra might be your friend who lives in your dorm, your study group partner, someone you sit with in the dining hall.
And she was sexually assaulted.1
Here are some situations that Alexandra and women like her have been in. Are these examples of sexual assault?4
"I didn't want to have sex, but I did anyway because...
Correct. This is sexual assault. One survivor's story:
Incorrect. This is sexual assault. One survivor's story:
Here are Alexandra and 99 women just like her. They're students, athletes, campus leaders, friends, roommates.
But 1 in 5 of them will be sexually assaulted in college.2
This isn't just at Alexandra's school. Women at top colleges across the country face alarmingly high rates of sexual assault.3
Percent of women at this school who were sexually assaulted:
Average sexual assault rate across schools:
She was one of the just 5% of college survivors who reported7. But now there's just a 1-in-16 chance that her assailant will get arrested8. It's like playing roulette...
Click the wheel to see what happens to Alexandra's assailant. Alexandra was one of the lucky 6%: her assailant was arrested. But even now, there's just a 1-in-10 chance that they'll spend any time in jail8... As happens 94% of the time, Alexandra's assailant wasn't arrested. Far too often, assailants don't face arrest because schools downplay the accusations or drop charges entirely.
Less than 40% of survivors nationwide report to police5, less than nearly every other violent crime in the country.
Many survivors are afraid to report because they fear retaliation, believe the police won't do anything to help, or think it isn't important enough to report.6
Sexual assault is one of the least
reported violent crimes in America
Type of Crime
This trend hasn't improved over time
Like other serious violent crimes, the rate of sexual assault has dropped significantly in recent years, although it still happens frighteningly often.9
If you are seriously injured or still in immediate danger, call 911.
If you have been sexually assaulted, do the following immediately:
If you want to file a police report:
You want to report, but what if...
Reach out for help if you feel your mental health is at risk:
This was a final project for Harvard's Data Visualization course, CS 171. By Neel Mehta, Javier Cuan-Martinez, Peter Youn, and Enrique Casas. The instructors awarded this project 1st place out of over 20 projects.
With special thanks to our advisor, Hendrik Strobelt; our professor, Dr. Hanspeter Pfister; and the rest of the CS 171 staff.