Sex assault: Why the reluctance to report them?

ABC15 is taking action as a federal investigation hangs over Arizona State University.

The university is one of several schools facing a Title IX investigation over the handling of sex abuse complaints, according to the U.S. Education Department.

But it's so much more than a campus problem, there's a widespread reluctance to report sexual assaults and rapes and ABC15 is asking, why?

"Girls are scared," said Anisha Hindocha.

Anisha voices what a lot of young women will tell you, why victims of sexual assault often don't come forward.

"People will find any way to twist the scenario and make it seem like it was the girl's fault, she was drunk, she was doing whatever it was that she was doing and she was obviously provoking it," Anisha said.

"It's not just women, it's women and men and I would say that men, it's an even worse problem because there's the stigma that women have when problems like this occur and then it's tenfold for men," said Brianna Pantilione.

Brianna is a senior interdisciplinary studies major. Anisha is a sophomore studying political science and economics.

"I always carry pepper spray with me. I did a little self-defense just so if something were to happen I'd have a way of defending myself," Anisha said.

Neither of these women are victims of sexual assault, but they both know someone who was. Chances are, you know a victim too.

"You look at a campus of 75,000 students and the last statistics show that less than 30 people were victims at ASU, so it shows there's either a problem with reporting or a problem with how those numbers are represented because the statistics just don't line up," Brianna said.

If you need help, here are three sex assault resources:

Not Alone

RAINN (Rape Abuse Incest National Network)

Surviving in Numbers

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