Researcher says universities are too afraid to record sexual assaults
Universities are not collecting data on sexual assaults to avoid being named and shamed, a researcher has said. He explained that if institutions do not record data on incidents such as hate crimes, sexual assaults and suicides, it means that when such information is requested they can simply reply they have no recorded data on the matter. ... Many institutions are not properly recording sensitive information about student complaints and some are using this to evade transparency, according to Andrew Wootton, a lecturer at Salford University. “Anecdotal evidence suggests that universities are not collecting incident data on sexual assault so they can avoid freedom of information requests,” he said.