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ASU reports many more campus rapes from 2010-2011

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TEMPE, Ariz. -

There's a disturbing new report involving the number of sexual assaults at Arizona State University.

According to ASU's Annual Security Report, sexual assaults have more than doubled from 2010 to 2011. While those numbers are alarming, ASU Police believe it's because more victims are coming forward.

There are more than 50-thousand students enrolled at ASU's main campus in Tempe. A new report released Wednesday shows the number of sexual assaults on campus more than doubled in a year.

"It's kind of shocking - I'm kind of scared. It scares me a little bit to know about that," says freshman Elimesha Givens.

"I have night classes here so I always bring my pepper spray because that does concern me," says senior Alexa Lugo.

In 2010, there were six reported sexual assaults on campus. That number went up to 13 last year.

"The big thing is it's not reported. And if it's doubling so quickly - I would imagine its being reported more - and people are more open to discussing it," says senior Moheeb Zara.

All over campus there are emergency call boxes where students can go if they need help in a hurry. But almost everyone also carries their own cell phones, so the police are only a phone call away.

ASU Police Assistant Chief James Hardina agrees, the increase may be due to more victims coming forward.

"Of course we want zero sexual assaults on campus. However it's not crime free," says Hardina.

What surprised many is that .6 percent of the alleged victims were male.

"If it's forceful it's still rape. Just because the gender roles are switched doesn't change the fact that it's wrong - and it happens," says Zara.

In about half of the sexual assault cases, alcohol was involved. Up to 98 percent of victims never report it.

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