Befall is usually used as a synonym for happen or occur but with a negative connotation.

In this sentence, is the use of befell semantically correct?

As a matter of fact, the majority of rape incidents that befell American campuses are acquaintance rape.

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    That's an unidiomatic and somewhat misleading use of befell. The rapes befell their victims, not the campuses of universities. The crimes, however, may have occurred on university campuses. – Dan Bron Apr 8 '15 at 10:37
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    Also, either befell or are is the wrong tense. – Jez Apr 8 '15 at 13:17

See the comment from Dan Bron.

This is a good pattern:

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