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Archive for Sunday, March 15, 1992

REPORTS OF RAPE ROSE DRAMATICALLY BEGINNING IN FALL

March 15, 1992

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An examination of the 46 rape reports filed in Douglas County in 1991 shows that more than half of the victims were in their teens and 20s.

The ages of victims ranged from 4 to 41, although the vast majority of victims 36 were ages 14 to 29. Official Kansas Bureau of Investigation crime statistics include a 10-year-old boy as one of Douglas County's 1991 rape victims.

A total of five victims were age 12 or under, and four of the victims were in their 30s. One woman was in her 40s.

In at least 22 cases, almost half of all cases reported, the victim knew or could identify her assailant. Police records available for review do not always indicate whether a suspect was known to the victim.

A majority of the reported rapes occurred in the last five months of 1991, with 27 occurring from August through December.

In those months, three rapes occurred in August, seven in September, seven in October, six in November and four in December.

Following is a glimpse of the cases reported in September and October, the two months in the fall with the highest number of incidents.

No arrests were made in the 14 cases reported in those two months, according to the KBI.

The information was compiled from police and sheriff's reports with the aid of the KBI, which is the central agency for statistical information about crimes in Kansas.

Sept. 2, 1991

A 14-year-old girl told police she was raped at 3 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the 1900 block of E. 19th Street. She told police she was raped by her 18-year-old boyfriend, who said they had had sex several times before. The girl's mother reported the incident.

Sept. 6, 1991

A 23-year-old woman told police she was raped between 2 a.m. and 3:35 a.m. at a residence in the 700 block of Connecticut. The woman told police she had been raped by a former boyfriend with whom she had been staying.

Sept. 6, 1991

A 15-year-old girl told police she was raped sometime between 11 p.m. and midnight in the 1800 block of Maple. The girl told police she had returned home and had walked into her mother's home when a man struck her in the head with a bedpost and then raped her. After an investigation, the case was closed and authorities said they believed the report was unfounded.

Sept. 7, 1991

A 36-year-old woman told police she left the Power Plant, 901 Miss., with two men she thought were going to take her to her West Lawrence home. She told police she was raped after the men took her to an open field in east Lawrence. The woman said she didn't remember what time she left the club, but a witness later said the woman left some time after 11:30 p.m.

Sept. 21, 1991

A 22-year-old woman told police on Nov. 14 that she was raped about 11 p.m. Sept. 21 in the 1700 block of W. 20th Terrace. She reported that she was walking when she was grabbed from behind, forced to the ground and raped. A description of a suspect was not sufficient to identify her assailant.

Sept. 25, 1991

A 20-year-old woman reported that she was raped and sodomized by a 20-year-old man. The incident occurred between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. at the woman's home in the 2500 block of Ridge Court. The woman told police that the man forced her to have sex for two hours.

Sept. 26, 1991

An 18-year-old woman told police she was raped by a man between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. at her residence in the 1300 block of W. 24th Street. The woman, who was hosting a party, told police she could not remember anything that happened between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m., but she said she did not consent to sex. Investigators determined that the report was unfounded.

Oct. 2, 1991

A 41-year-old transient woman told police she was raped by two men about 8 p.m. in an alley in the 800 block of New Hampshire.

Oct. 11, 1991

An 18-year-old woman told Kansas University police that she was raped about 1:45 a.m. in Ellsworth Hall. The victim identified the suspect but did not want to pursue charges, according to Lt. John Mullens of the KU Police Department.

Oct. 12, 1991

A 12-year-old girl told police that she had sex about 5:45 a.m. in a residence in North Lawrence. Lt. Mark Brothers of the Lawrence police department said the case falls under the category of statutory rape. The case was referred to Social and Rehabilitation Services and juvenile court, Brothers said.

Oct. 17, 1991

An 18-year-old woman told the Douglas County sheriff's office that she was raped at an unknown rural location. The woman told officers a man got into her car while she was in it and drove her to an unknown location, where she was raped. The sheriff's office said no suspects were identified.

Oct. 21, 1991

A 25-year-old woman told police she was raped between 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. by one of three men who entered her apartment in the 1600 block of Haskell. The woman told police she went home about 9 p.m. and found men wearing dark clothing and ski masks inside. They were sitting in her living room, and one of the men grabbed the woman, threatened to shoot her with a handgun, threw her to the ground and raped her.

Oct. 25, 1991

A 17-year-old woman told police she was raped by an acquaintance about 11 p.m. in an apartment in the 1900 block of W. 31st Street.

Oct. 27, 1991

A 17-year-old girl told police she was raped at 3 p.m. in the 1400 block of E. 15th Street. She said she knew the man and went to see him at his home, where he became angry. She said the man threatened her with a knife and raped her.

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