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Rape charge prompts national fraternity to investigate local Delta Chi chapter

August 24, 2010

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A Kansas University fraternity is being investigated by its national chapter after an 18-year-old man was charged with raping a female student at the local chapter house.

In a statement from the Delta Chi International Fraternity, the organization said the KU chapter and its members are cooperating with the university and Lawrence Police in addition to participating in the internal investigation.

According to police, a female KU student was at the Delta Chi fraternity house, 1245 W. Campus Road, Saturday night when she fell asleep in one of its rooms. Authorities said she was then sexually assaulted by the suspect, who was an acquaintance. She returned to her residence hall room and called the police.

Prosecutors filed rape and aggravated sexual battery charges against the man on Monday. His bond was set at $35,000.

According to the statement, fraternity officials will conclude their investigation after criminal proceedings are complete.

The Journal-World generally does not name suspects in sex crimes unless there is a conviction.

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afraidnot 3 years, 7 months ago

I'm a little surprised my last comment was erased my LJWorld, as it only pointed out that while no girl is at fault for being raped, just because a girl claims she has been raped does not mean that she has. In this sytem, we should all remember that a defendant is presumed to be innocent. That means that the prosecution must work their way through the case PROVING that it happened, and until they convince a jury of our peers to agree with them, the defendant remains innocent. The defendant does not have to prove anything. For that reason, a woman who claims to have been raped is called an "alleged victim" or a "complaining witness," as there is no victim if a crime has not been committed. To call someone a "victim" before a defendant has been found guilty ignores the presumption of innocence.

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tubs_of_love 3 years, 7 months ago

I've always thought that joining a fraternity is just like going right back to high school. I mean, why branch out into the world and become independent when you can just roam the town in a group and beat up anyone you don't like. They remind me of gangs, but only with more bromances. However, when by themselves, frat boys can be quite nice, I'll give em' that.

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ljwanonymous 3 years, 7 months ago

Frat boys are frat boys, their culture is why these things happen. The rules don't apply if you're a frat boy, after all, you are special. Daddy's money will solve all your little mistakes. And as I said before, you are special. No frats or sororities should ever be allowed on campus by any decent university.

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dalegribble 3 years, 7 months ago

K.S.A Rape. (a) Rape is: (1) Sexual intercourse with a person who does not consent to the sexual intercourse, under any of the following circumstances:

  (B)   when the victim is unconscious or physically powerless; or

  (C)   when the victim is incapable of giving consent because of mental deficiency or disease, or when the victim is incapable of giving consent because of the effect of any alcoholic liquor, narcotic, drug or other substance, which condition was known by the offender or was reasonably apparent to the offender;
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chuckschick 3 years, 7 months ago

3 things

Anyone blaming the woman needs a reality check, I'm not sure what century you're living in, but it isn't the 21st.

It is ironic that a lot of the same people who are mocking people for being opposed to the Ground Zero Mosque for being xenophobic and painting all muslums with the broad brush of terrorism are painting guys who are in fraternities with the same broad brush.

It is also interesting that the JLW has adopted a policy of not publishing the name of a person charged with a sex crime until convicted, but is perfectly willing to place the scarlet letter of sex offender on an entire fraternity for the actions of one idiot who may or may not have spent more than a few days in the house as a pledge.

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heels007 3 years, 7 months ago

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distant_voice 3 years, 7 months ago

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thatonedude 3 years, 7 months ago

Responding to sexual assault by chastising the victim for where she was and what state she was in IS blaming the victim. The circumstances are regrettable, yes, but trying to deflect any blame from the attacker is outrageous and wrong.

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Amesmb 3 years, 7 months ago

onceinawhile is absolutely right. We, as a culture, need to focus less on how not to be a victim and more on why not to be a perpetrator.

That being said, I'm still not quite sure I understand John Kealing's above statement. I didn't see the now-deleted posts that blamed the victim; maybe they contained too much information about the incident or about her identity- I don't know. Otherwise, I don't see how deleting such comments is protecting her. They're someone's opinions, nothing more. I doubt the defense attorney is going to stand up in court saying, "This incident was obviously her fault- just look at what a bunch of random people who don't know her and don't know what happened are saying on LJ!!" Blaming the victim is very common, unfortunately, and they'll probably try it during the trial regardless of what anyone says here.

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vavs0929 3 years, 7 months ago

First of all, Delta Chi is NOT a bad fraternity...one bad pledge doesnt mean the whole frat is horrible. The undergrads and their alumni are a great group of guys and its unfortunate that one pledge (not yet a member) has to tarnish their good reputation at KU and in the community.

It's a shame that it happened (for both individuals and the fraternity) but people should drop the stereotyping and realize that this could have happened ANYWHERE at ANy PARTY, HOUSE, or APARTMENT.

There are so many negative connotations of fraternities because, yes, there are some questionable ones out there--but that doesnt mean all of them are bad. An no, I am not, nor was I ever Greek.

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bangaranggerg 3 years, 7 months ago

Julian Assange strikes again. This reminds me of when Glenn Beck raped and murdered a girl in 1990.

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Richard Heckler 3 years, 7 months ago

hear hear for the Jonathan Kealing statement!

Perhaps the KBI needs to get down on date rape drugs in the frat houses. Rape is tough on a woman and some guys take it oh so lightly.

When courts begin to treat rape with more serious sentencing perhaps things will change some. This "boys will be boys" attitude must go!

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stobywan 3 years, 7 months ago

Spoiled Rich Over-privileged Ring a bell ....This elitist collegian system is flawed to begin with ....is it really that big of a story ...think of all the children sold into the sex trade just last night Yes rape sucks and so do drunk college kids with no brains......

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MacHeath 3 years, 7 months ago

Never liked frat boys, probably never will.

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emaw 3 years, 7 months ago

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polo66606 3 years, 7 months ago

I have been in a few respectable frat houses. Don't take the opportunity of one incident to judge the entire system. And no, I'm not greek.

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peacock 3 years, 7 months ago

so sad that a lot of us have the same story about frat houses.....

i had a friend get drugged at a party. the one and only time i ever went to a frat when i was in college. fortunately, we all watched out for each other and got her out of there before anything could happen. and she was good about watching her drink, etc. it just happens so fast. if those boys want to do it, they sure as hell will!!!!!!

i am with jg on the fact that you need to watch out for your friends and NEVER leave them behind at a party. yeah, i wish it was true that we could dress up like strippers and go wherever we wanted by ourselves, get hammered and pass out on a random couch naked if we so choose, but there ARE a-holes (aka: predators) floating around in the world, and it is just a matter of fact, and we need to be aware. WATCH OUT FOR YOUR FELLOW WOMAN!!!! (or boys that have been taught correctly, you watch out too!)

and we need to take on the responsibility of the parents that OBVIOUSLY are NOT teaching their boys that no is no, and unless both of you are coherent, don't have sex. too bad this frat isn't a TRUE brotherhood, or they would have taken on that responsibility and helped along their brothers that were not on the right side of the fence.

i hope this woman heals from this and these boys learn rather than pushing the would be rapists more into the woodwork.

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Scott Kaiser 3 years, 7 months ago

I think that if any others at the location knew of or watched the attack, they should also be charged as an accomplice.

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KENsan 3 years, 7 months ago

I would propose that Kealing and LJWorld show on this comment thread what I posted. And if they say that the victim or women in general are to blame then I will be more than happy to apologize Kealing, LJWorld, and any women who post on this thread. I am more than capable of accepting blame for my mistakes, is LJWorld?

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afraidnot 3 years, 7 months ago

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KENsan 3 years, 7 months ago

I've also noticed that once I made a stink about their biased censoring policies concerning the removing of comments, they have not removed another one. hopefully this trend will continue into the future.

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KENsan 3 years, 7 months ago

I see that Jonathan Kealing and LJWorld are refusing to be reasonable and instead are attempting to cast me as a villein by making statements which wrongly imply that I would have very onerous opinions. I find it disgraceful of a company to do so, although I must say it is a textbook tactic to avoid culpability for their own wrong doing and well executed. But I'll continue to refuse to be treated in such a way.

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Jonathan Kealing 3 years, 7 months ago

Here's what we won't tolerate: blaming the victim, or women in general, for allowing themselves to be raped. Any comment that attempts to do such will be taken down. Any user who proceeds to repeatedly do that will be banned from this website. It's that simple.

I'm all for common sense tips about ways to stay safe, traveling in groups, watching out for your friends, but where I draw the line is when someone implies that it was somehow your fault you were attacked. The only person at fault in a sexual assault is the perpetrator. Period. It should be noted, however, that no one has been convicted in this case at all.

At this point, all we can do is protect the victim and protect the right of the accused t have a fair trial in front of an impartial jury of his peers.

Jonathan Kealing Assistant Director of Media Strategy

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Flap Doodle 3 years, 7 months ago

Relax and have a popsicle, ken. It's a cool and fruity treat on a summer day.

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KENsan 3 years, 7 months ago

My point exactly edjayhawk. Thank you.

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KENsan 3 years, 7 months ago

Stop the hypocrisy. I find onceinawhile comment offensive. It suggests that only men should have to be responsible for their behaviors. It should be removed immediately, just like all the comments that suggested that women are responsible for their behavior.

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KENsan 3 years, 7 months ago

I noticed you left the posts of the man who disagreed with your opinions as long as it demonized men or fraternities. You are pathetic, childish, ignoramus'.

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KENsan 3 years, 7 months ago

The people in this comment thread that decided to act childishly and flag the comments of those whom you disagree with should be ashamed of yourselves. You are pathetic. Grow up, learn to respect the opinions of others.

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KENsan 3 years, 7 months ago

LJWorld needs to behave responsibly and reinstate the comments that have been deleted as long as they do not contain sexually explicit comments, foul language, are verbal threats. This is not unreasonable and should in fact be expected from LJWorld by its readers. I expect balanced treatment from this periodical not unreasonable censorship.

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KENsan 3 years, 7 months ago

The LJWorld sensors comments. They have deleted every comment that even hinted that women could avoid rape by using common sense and being aware of their situations. This is not an unreasonable suggestion. And it by no means suggests that rape is the womens fault and not the rapists. LJWorld has chosen to behave in a fascist manner. If they don't want people to discus something then they should not allow people to comment at all.

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KENsan 3 years, 7 months ago

LJWorld is fascist. Boycott this embarrassment they call journalism.

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KENsan 3 years, 7 months ago

I thought this was supposed to be a college town when people could express their opinions without sensor. If you don't want people to be able to disagree with your opinions then don't allow people to comment on your website. Fascism is not the way. JWorld needs new staff, you don't see this sensory type of behavior on CNN, FOX, NEW YORK TIMES, etc. No wonder LJWorld has a pathetic distribution. Do you do this in the newspaper as well?

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KENsan 3 years, 7 months ago

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J Good Good 3 years, 7 months ago

Unfortunately this happened to friends of mine back in the day. Same circumstances. There are evil dudes in the world watching for naive young women who haven't learned their limits with alcohol or are way too trusting. It is wayyyy too common.

Young women need to watch out for their friends. Don't leave them behind! Carry them home if you have too! And decent men need to step up and say, this doesn't happen to my friends and do their part to keep them safe too.

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booyalab 3 years, 7 months ago

So how does one get to the point where they think nothing can be learned from experience or statistics? Does someone want to shed some philosophical light on the matter? Really, I'm not being sarcastic this time. I promise.

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onceinawhile 3 years, 7 months ago

Rape isn't inevitable. Saying "women should not put themselves in that situation" assumes two things: 1) that men aren't responsible for their criminal actions, and 2) that men can't control themselves. Neither of these things are true. Men are responsible for what they do, and men can control themselves.

The number of things that can lead to "she should have been more careful" are astronomical. It would require women to never: drink, wear revealing clothing, spend time in a bad part of town, walk alone at night, go to/remain at a bar by yourself, engage in any sexual contact with a man, go anywhere private with a man, open your door to a man (even one you know/who has a reason to be there), leave your window open at night, and so forth to infinity. Rape happens in a multitude of different situations, and the only way for women to not put themselves in a situation where it could happen would be to stop living in society.

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pusscanthropus 3 years, 7 months ago

I repeat (in case you didn't see my reply):

So you're comparing this rapist to a grizzly bear? Don't flatter him. He's just a punk who decided to take advantage of a vulnerable girl while she was asleep (or passed out).

And, yes, I'm saying that a real man stops when she says "no."

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Fear_Completes_Me 3 years, 7 months ago

Date rape is similar to date murder--it's not as violent a crime. In a date murder, you have to look at what she was wearing, what she drank, if he bought her dinner, because she may have been asking to be date murdered. Gosh you liberals always want to blame the accused.

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booyalab 3 years, 7 months ago

I'm not saying that the guy shouldn't get convicted. I'm saying don't sleep or get drunk at a fraternity house if you're a girl. Hell, it probably doesn't even matter if you've got a boyfriend there. I know of an instance where a girl got raped in her boyfriend's fraternity house, by one of the other members. It wasn't seen as out of the ordinary.

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booyalab 3 years, 7 months ago

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pusscanthropus 3 years, 7 months ago

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booyalab 3 years, 7 months ago

I wouldn't go inside a frat house escorted by armed guards... much less at night, to sleep. Hopefully, word of this will prevent other girls from making the same mistake.

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Bailey Perkins 3 years, 7 months ago

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mr_right_wing 3 years, 7 months ago

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Adrienne Sanders 3 years, 7 months ago

I don't think the fraternity would be under investigation if it were a guest.

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HedleyLamarrr 3 years, 7 months ago

A pledge is not technically a member. A guest is not a member. Not that I know one way or the other whether this individual was a pledge, an active member or someone's guest. We're probably talking about freshman here, so it wouldn't be a terrible stretch to guess the young man was a pledge.

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pfeifer 3 years, 7 months ago

If its a guy at a frat house, he's a member. They don't let other guys into their house. They don't like other guys getting chances at the girls that show up.

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edjayhawk 3 years, 7 months ago

It didn't say if the accused was a member of the fraternity.

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