(WXYZ) - When you think about it, it sounds scary.
The number of sexual misconduct cases have doubled in one year at the University of Michigan's Ann Arbor campus.
But, according to the university, that is only partially true.
"Our reporting numbers don't give an accurate reflection," said the director of Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness, Holly Rider-Milovich.
According to Rider-Milovich, it has been difficult to gage how many sex assaults of any kind have truly happened anywhere.
"This is the crime that is most under-reported on our campus, on college campuses nationally, and in communities," said Rider-Milovich.
However, according to the cases that have been reported via the university's annual safety report, cases have jumped from eight in 2011 to 17 in 2012.
"I do think that we are seeing more people who are reporting and we're also seeing the ability to have a more effective response as more of our faculty and staff are aware of our new policy," said Rider-Milovich.
According to U of M, all schools were pushed to add more education about reporting sexual misconduct after a recent federal directive.
Officials told 7 Action News the university's new policy took 30 months to come up with and it involved students, staff, and faculty.
It is newly implemented and is believed more victims or their confidants are coming forward because they are more informed.
The new policy has not only educated the entire campus, but according to officials, it's given victims even more avenues to find the help they need.
U of M police believe crisis hotlines, in the past, were many times focused helping the victims emotionally and not gathering a lot of details to report the crimes to police.
Many times victims want to remain confidential and do not want to report sex assaults, police say.
"The questions are now being asked where we can gather that information to say whether for not the inappropriate touching or sexual assaults happened on campus or not and when they happen on campus then they are reported," Lt. Jason Forsberg with the U of M police.
According to Lt. Forsberg, the sexual misconduct cases in 2012 range from Criminal Sexual Conduct to inappropriate touching.
He told 7 Action News, there was one case of CSC First Degree, a few in second degree, but most of the cases were inappropriate touching.
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