by Gail Hairston
(Nov. 20, 2014) — The reason a female student might not return to her university after her freshman year:
Too many times ‒ more frequently than we have truly understood ‒ the answer is “C.”
The results of a study done among female freshmen at the University of Kentucky in 2011 linking sexual assault and poor academic performance are “direct and compelling,” wrote its authors, Carol Jordan, director of the UK Office for Policy Studies on Violence Against Women; Jessica Combs, a graduate student in clinical psychology; and Gregory Smith, a professor, university research professor, and director of the doctoral program in clinical psychology.
It wasn’t particularly surprising – for UK results mirror numerous national studies -- that the rate of prior sexual assault among women