sexual assault

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Rolling Stone magazine says "there now appear to be discrepancies" in its story about a University of Virginia student who said she was gang-raped during a fraternity party in 2012, adding it had "come to the conclusion that our trust in her was misplaced."

After years of criticism for being too lax on campus sexual assault, some colleges and universities are coming under fire from students who say the current crackdown on perpetrators has gone too far.

Dozens of students who've been punished for sexual assault are suing their schools, saying that they didn't get a fair hearing and that their rights to due process were violated. The accused students say schools simply are overcorrecting.

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Approximately one in five undergraduate women has been the victim of attempted or completed sexual violence during college, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But fewer than 5% of rape victims attending college report their attack to law enforcement, according to the most recent report conducted by the Department of Justice.

It was numbers such as those that got Sen. Claire McCaskill’s attention.

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Did George Will go too far, writing in his Washington Post column that being a sexual assault victim has become a "coveted status" on college campuses? Missouri School of Journalism professors Katherine Reed, Mike McKean and Amy Simons discuss the issue.

A former University of Missouri football player has been charged with felony rape.

University police say a female acquaintance accused 20-year-old David Sowell of a May 9 sexual assault in his Campus View apartment. The privately-owned apartment complex is used by the university as overflow student housing.

Sowell is a sophomore from suburban Chicago. He briefly played defensive back for the Tigers last year as a walk-on but was dismissed from the football team early in the 2013 season for unspecified disciplinary violations.

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UPDATE May 11, 2:13pm:

Columbia Police have identified the man found dead on campus at 11:45am Saturday as 36-year-old Zane S. Black from Columbia. 

ORIGINAL STORY:

Columbia Police say a man found dead on the University of Missouri campus is the same person that set off a late night manhunt in Columbia Friday.

According to a press release, around noon Saturday the University of Missouri Police Department contacted the Columbia Police Department in regard to the person found dead near the Trowbridge Livestock Center on the MU Campus. MU Police say the man is the same person Columbia Police were pursuing as a suspect in a sexually-related crime earlier this month, who may also be a suspect in a series of such crimes over the last year. The man’s identity is not being released until family can be notified. A message sent though the Mizzou Alert system said "the death appears to be a suicide and no signs of foul play are present."

Columbia Police contacted the suspect Friday night after receiving a report from a victim of an incident on May 1st involving a “peeping tom.” Police contacted the suspect who fled into a wooded area NE or Rock Quarry Road, setting off a four hour search that did not result in an arrest.

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While jeans may be worn by students around MU's campus most days of the year, they will have a different meaning on Thursday.

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The University of Missouri's new chancellor says he is prepared to make the school "accountable and responsible" after an independent review faulted its response to a former swimmer's rape claims.

Columbia police announced Thursday that no arrests will be made in a burglary investigation involving Missouri receiver Dorial Green-Beckham.

“Based on the information obtained during the investigation there will be no arrests made in this case,” Columbia Police spokeswoman Latisha Stroer said in a news release.

Coach Gary Pinkel announced the junior receiver’s indefinite suspension Monday for an unspecified violation of team rules.

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University of Missouri officials said Tuesday they have made progress in their safety and security review of campus. The university has completed taking inventory on their sexual and mental health resources.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Observed in the United States for more than 25 years, the purpose of this month is to educate and highlight issues associated with sexual assault.

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Sen. Claire McCaskill says her staff is surveying college campuses to see what protections against sexual attacks are in place and how the institutions support assault victims.

McCaskill, a Democrat, told The Kansas City Star Thursday that she's determined to make college campuses safer for women. She says that could entail tying federal funding for colleges and universities to how well those institutions report rapes and deliver certain services to female students.

The University of Missouri is drawing criticism over its handling of the alleged sexual assault of a former swimmer. The news surfaced in an ESPN report released last week that tells the story of Sasha Menu Courey, a Mizzou swimmer who committed suicide in 2011, more than a year after she was allegedly assaulted by one or more members of the school’s football team. 
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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says "our thoughts and prayers" go to the family of a former University of Missouri swimmer who said she was sexually assaulted and later committed suicide.

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A recent report from ESPN's newsmagazine Outside the Lines criticizes the University of Missouri and its athletic department for failing to intervene in the events surrounding an alleged sexual assault against student athlete Sasha Menu Courey in February 2010.

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An extensive piece of investigative journalism answers some questions about the events leading up to MU student Sasha Menu Courey’s 2011 suicide, but leaves many more unanswered. 

Who exactly knew about Menu Courey’s alleged rape, and when?

What responsibility, both legally and ethically, did those individuals have once they learned of it?

What could have been done?

What should have been done?

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In a press statement released Sunday, the University of Missouri says MU Police has turned over information about the alleged assault of former MU athlete Sasha Menu Courey to the Columbia Police Department. And in another statement released Sunday, UM system President Timothy Wolfe has asked for an independent review of the university’s handling of Menu Courey’s situation.

Updated 4:11 p.m, Mon., Jan. 27 with investigation by Columbia police.

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, an alum of the University of Missouri and a former prosecutor, is calling on the university to investigate the alleged sexual assault of former Mizzou swimmer Sasha Menu Courey, who subsequently committed suicide.

Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website.  

A University of Missouri-Columbia crisis center received nearly 100 reports of campus sex assaults last year, but only two students were punished for such offenses in 2012, a newspaper investigation has found. 

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The sexual assault of a young woman on a New Delhi bus last December sparked widespread debate about the safety of women in India. The attack killed a 23-year-old aspiring physical therapist, and led to  nationwide protests.

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Gov. Jay Nixon is considering measures that could send more people convicted of sexually violent crimes to prison with longer sentences.

Lawmakers sent Nixon measures to redefine rape and other violent crimes in an effort put more people behind bars on felony convictions.

Supporters say the measures would increase protections for sexual assault victims. But the state public defender system argues that more people behind bars for longer terms will cost taxpayers.