sexual abuse

11:06 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Number Of Sexual Assault Complaints Doubled At KU In 2014

The University of Kansas received nearly twice as many sexual assault complaints last year than in 2013.

The school's Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access says it received 169 complaints last year, compared with 85 in 2013.

The office's Executive Director Jane McQueeny says 120 of the 169 complaints were filed under Title 9; title 9 requires campuses to provide an education environment that is free from sexual harassment, sexual assault, and domestic violence.

School officials attribute the increase to improved awareness of sexual assault.

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Crime and Courts
11:35 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Prosecutors Drop Charges Against Two Men Involved In A Sexual Assault Case At A KU Residence Hall

Prosecutors have dropped charges against two men accused of raping two women in a University of Kansas residence hall during homecoming weekend.

The Douglas County prosecutor's office said in a statement that evidence initially suggested a crime occurred.

However, the office said there was no longer sufficient evidence to proceed after more people were interviewed and cell phone and medical records were reviewed.

One former suspect is from Lawrence and the other from Olathe. Police say one of the men is a KU student.

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12:33 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

KU Fraternity Placed On Probation Following Sexual Assault Investigation

The University of Kansas has ordered two years of probation for the Kappa Sigma fraternity that was the focus of a sexual assault investigation.

Kappa Sigma is barred from having alcohol in its chapter house and must turn over materials to investigators and offer sexual assault prevention training.

KU imposed the sanctions on Wednesday after an investigation into reports that women were sexually assaulted during a gathering at the Kappa Sigma house on September 26th and 27th.

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12:43 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

KU Task Force Seeks To Clarify Sexual Assault Policy

A sexual assault task force at the University of Kansas wants to make it clear that students can be disciplined for sexual misconduct no matter how far from campus it occurred.

KU's Sexual Assault Task Force finished its proposed changes to the student code on Friday.

The main intent of the proposal is to specify that its policies apply to students who commit sexual wrongdoing in places like off-campus apartments and Greek houses.

Task force co-chairwoman Angela Murphy says it also would cover students "on the beach on spring break or even farther away."

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11:54 am
Tue November 25, 2014

KBI To Survey Kansas Law Enforcement Agencies For Backlogs Involving Sexual Assault Kits

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is trying to find out if Kansas has a backlog of untested sexual assault kits.

Officials say that across the country, hundreds of thousands of the kits remain untested.

The KBI recently sent surveys to all Kansas law enforcement agencies to identify if there is a testing backlog for the kits, which include swabs and specimens gathered during exams of sexual assault victims.

The group's director, Kirk Thompson, says the KBI doesn't think there is one, but wants to make sure.

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Crime and Courts
4:10 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

KU Fraternity Plagued With Sexual Allegations Says It Is Not A Threat To The University

A University of Kansas fraternity that was suspended over sexual assault allegations says it wants the suspension lifted.

Kappa Sigma representatives say the organization is not a danger to the campus and KU's investigation into the allegations is taking too long.

Fraternity representatives will attend a hearing next week to request the suspension be lifted.

Kappa Sigma has been on interim suspension since September 30th, after the university received reports of "multiple instances of sexual misconduct" at the chapter house in late September.

Crime and Courts
12:12 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

KU Fraternity Suspended After Reports Of Sexual Assaults

A University of Kansas fraternity is on interim suspension after the school received reports of sexual assault during a party over the weekend.

University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little said yesterday that "disturbing and serious" behavior was reported at the Kappa Sigma fraternity.

The Lawrence Police Department and the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access are investigating the allegations.

This suspension comes as the university faces increasing criticism for its handling of previous allegations of rape on the Lawrence campus.

12:29 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

KU To Create Task Force To Handle Sexual Assault Cases

The University of Kansas will create a task force and require training in response to criticism of its handling of sexual assault complaints.

Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little says that the task force will review the university's current policies and practices and recommend improvements.

In a message on her website, Gray-Little said she wants to ensure that students, faculty and staff take training on the subject and not completing the training will lead to sanctions.

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Crime and Courts
12:52 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Kansas Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments Over Sex Offender Registry

The Kansas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Thursday on whether to uphold a judge's ruling that removed a convicted child molester's name from the state's offender registry.

The outcome could affect several people whose registry requirements were retroactively lengthened when the Kansas Offender Registration Act was amended in 2011.

The court must decide whether the law is an unconstitutional punishment or a permissible tool to protect public safety.

11:33 am
Wed September 10, 2014

KU Students Pressure School To Improve Sexual Assault Response

University of Kansas students are pressuring the school to improve its response to sexual assault reports.

More than 200 people attended a forum on the subject yesterday, hours after a student group called September Siblings posted a video telling people that the school is not safe.

The group's effort is in response to recent reports from a university student who said she was raped in 2013 and that her assailant was given a lenient punishment. University officials have declined to comment on the case, which Douglas County District Attorney Charles Bronson is reviewing.

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