Tony Palo Alto school of higher learning, Stanford University, has seen a sharp increase in reports of rape on campus. Incidents of sexual assault more than doubled from 10 in 2009 to 21 in 2010, at least according to school's 2011 Safety, Security & Fire Report. A reported 16 of the 2010 sexual assaults happened inside school dorms or residences.

Stanford Chief of Police Laura Wilson explained to Palo Alto Weekly that the rise in sexual assaults could be "due to greater reporting by victims rather than an actual increase in the number of assaults."