UCPD’s annual security report, released Thursday, reflects an increase in reported sex offenses and puts into place updated categorization of such offenses as mandated by the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act in 2013.
Whereas sex offenses were previously categorized only as forcible or nonforcible, the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act created new categories that now include specifications as to whether reported crimes were instances of rape, fondling, incest or statutory rape.
It also created additional programs and policies pertaining to these crimes.
In 2013, there were 42 reported sex offenses, all forcible. In 2014, there were 42 instances of reported rape, 21 of fondling, zero of incest and one of statutory rape — totaling at 64 instances of reported sex offenses.
Additionally, the number of reported instances of dating violence increased from five to nine, and those of domestic violence decreased from 25 to eight.
The Clery Act mandates that UCPD release an annual security report with information on certain crimes committed on and around campus, including on campus-owned property.