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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.

Comments

pfeifer 4 years, 11 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.

Adrienne Sanders 4 years, 11 months ago

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

BruceWayne 4 years, 11 months ago

yes but isn't that like Lew investigating Lew?

mr_right_wing 4 years, 11 months ago

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onceinawhile 4 years, 11 months ago

What makes you assumed she "changed her mind, or is ashamed or embarrassed of what she participated in"? That's victim blaming at its best.

Of course men AND women should be careful to stay in safe situations, but no matter what situation someone is in, rape is NEVER okay. How about instead of advising victims to stay out of that "kind of situation," you advise rapists to stop raping?

Frankly, I'm glad this woman reported this rape. Hopefully it will serve as a very loud message to any others who have, or want to, sexually assault others.

Bailey Perkins 4 years, 11 months ago

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booyalab 4 years, 11 months ago

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onceinawhile 4 years, 11 months ago

First of all, the story doesn't say she was drinking.

Regardless -- say it with me -- it is NOT HER FAULT. If she were indeed raped, it is the rapist's fault. Period. Please stop the victim blaming. No one should be blamed for being assaulted.

onceinawhile 4 years, 11 months ago

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.

akhmatova 4 years, 11 months ago

I've read a lot of really terrible LJ-World comments, but this could be the worst

booyalab 4 years, 11 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.

onceinawhile 4 years, 11 months ago

Again, please stop blaming the victim. Sure, you can judge what is a safe or unsafe situation, but no matter what situation women (or men) puts themselves in, rape is never, ever okay. The person making the biggest mistake in this situation is the (accused) rapist.

pusscanthropus 4 years, 11 months ago

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pusscanthropus 4 years, 11 months ago

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."

ksjayhawk74 4 years, 11 months ago

Apples and oranges... Girls are not raw meat, falling asleep next to a guy is not prancing around and adult men are not grizzly bears. Grizzly bears are not bound by laws, men are.

That's like saying that if some drunk wrecks into your car, it's just as much your fault for being dumb enough to drive?!?!

Maybe the accused was using the same logic you are... which is why he is in jail now.

booyalab 4 years, 11 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.

onceinawhile 4 years, 11 months ago

Basically you're saying "boys will be boys" and it's the women that have to shelter themselves to stay safe. How about instead of seeing rape as the norm, you realize how screwed up it is that a woman has to go out of her way (in your opinion) to not put herself in the "inevitable" situation that she will be assaulted? How about we reverse it and look at how screwed up it is that this guy felt it was okay to take advantage of her, and that people like you are basically defending him, saying that's just "how it is" in a frat house, and that it's her fault? If you can't see how messed up that is, I feel sorry for you.

booyalab 4 years, 11 months ago

No I'm not saying "boys will be boys", although I'm realistic enough to know that a-holes exist.

How is it going out of your way to NOT sleep somewhere that you don't live?

Yes, rape is bad. No crap. But if, as a woman, not being raped is a higher priority to you than being angry at rapists, then my advice is the most logical. It's not like I'm even asking anyone to choose between being rational and condemning an act. Just like you don't have to choose between, say, condemning murder and not walking in the most crime-ridden parts of a city at night.

pusscanthropus 4 years, 11 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."

booyalab 4 years, 11 months ago

Yes, that is what I was saying. All rapists are grizzly bears. Finally! Someone understands me!

onceinawhile 4 years, 11 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.

booyalab 4 years, 11 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.

ksjayhawk74 4 years, 11 months ago

It is very important for man and boys that see this story to learn that it is THEIR responsibility to not assault a woman, even if she is passed out in their room. Because if they don't understand that lesson, they will go to prison for rape and even when they get out, they have to register as a sex offender.

ksjayhawk74 4 years, 11 months ago

I absolutely agree with you. I say that this is the lesson to young men because it is an easier concept for them to grasp, unfortunately.

J Good Good 4 years, 11 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.

Flap Doodle 4 years, 11 months ago

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

Jonathan Kealing 4 years, 11 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

kansasredlegs 4 years, 11 months ago

Jonathan: Your comment is absolutely a biased one. The term "victim" indicates that there has been a crime committed and proven beyond a reasonable doubt. Fair reporting would always use, at a minimum, the term "alleged victim", and interestingly the Kansas Supreme Court seems to like the term, "Complaining Witness." The judicial system is full of accusations, both true and some false, but for you to have already concluded that a crime has been comitted and reported as proof positive is poor journalism. Funny, how it's not okay to blame a "victim", but it's okay for you to have already judged and executed the "Perp", "Scum bag", "POS", "Defendant" who just might be innocent.

btw: What IF it's shown that the "complaining witness" lied because of some motive like trying to cover up the fact that she did not want to tell her boyfriend she stayed at the frat voluntarily and that she had consensual sex with someone else. If something like that were to occur you, going to draft an editorial apologizing to the "Defendant" for allowing such nastiness to be written about him. Unlikely. For that matter, not even a snippet about such behavior committed by a "victim", right?

kernal 4 years, 11 months ago

ksredlegs, your comment is redundant. If the names of the perp and victim had been divulged, then there would be some relevance to your comment.

kansasredlegs 4 years, 11 months ago

Well, if jkealing is going to delete comments about an anonymous "victim" then it should cut both ways. If she's unknown, then no harm based on your logic so why delete the comments except for jkealing's support of a "complaining witness" in a case which the facts aren't even known as of yet.

Interesting thing is that the suspect's name can be easily determined through public sources whereas the "complaining witness" gets the protection of all systems.

Jonathan Kealing 4 years, 11 months ago

I am absolutely positively biased in support of the victim. That does not mean I am biased against the suspect; he remains that, a suspect. I don't believe journalism forces me to treat those who have been the victim of a crime dispassionately. In fact, I think ethical journalism compels me to act this way. It's the same reason we don't identify the victims of crimes.

At a bare minimum, sufficient evidence has been provided to sustain charges in this case. No conviction has been made but enough evidence has been presented that police and prosecutors believe this woman was sexually assaulted. For that reason, and because charges have been filed, I will ensure no comments are made that in any way paint this incident as being the fault of the victim.

kansasredlegs 4 years, 11 months ago

"Biased in support of the victim", a jury hasn't decided that a victim even exists, right? Your continued use of the term "victim" already makes that conclusion. Police and prosecutors have reviewed the evidence to support the charges..... well good enough for me, let's just take him out back and shoot him, right?

What if she retracts her statements to police? You gonna then go on the offensive in support of the "victim's" victim? I doubt it. Won't even make a blurb in the paper. Not sensational enough.. Why is it so hard to believe that the suspect might just be innocent? If he is, then it is irresponsible for you to allow the types of comments against him that you so freely delete which cast doubt on your "victim," who may have her own motives for making the allegation.

If this case results in anything other than a rape conviction, will you write a story explaining why?

Jonathan Kealing 4 years, 11 months ago

Yup. If charges or dropped or if the jury finds the suspect not guilty, we will say so. Also, see the comment above, which makes a very good point about who decides whether a victim exists. I will continue to refer to this woman as the victim.

kansasredlegs 4 years, 11 months ago

A jury does decide whether a crime has been committed. If the State fails to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt, then by definition there is no "victim", period. I'll go with the Kansas Supreme Court on this one, i.e., "Complaining Witness" until proven otherwise.

btw: Saying a Defendant was found not guilty is not the same as writing an editorial about the reasons why a jury did not vote in favor of your alleged victim. Based on your comments above, I will presume you go with the old prosecutorial adage that 'a jury may not have found guilt, but it did not find innocence either.'

d_prowess 4 years, 11 months ago

In only an attempt to play devil's advocate and make sure the LJW is acting fairly, JK, are you saying that anyone ever portrayed as a victim by the police and prosecutors are thus provided with a zero tolerance policy for criticism of their actions in these forums (i.e. you will remove any comments from a story where a drunk person was mugged walking through the alley at 3am is said to have been doing something stupid.).

Again, I am only playing the devil's advocate role here because I think it is important for the paper to have a consistent policy on such things so that the claims of bias can be avoided.

Jonathan Kealing 4 years, 11 months ago

Victims of crimes are generally afforded as much protection as possible. Speaking, for example, of the man who accepted a ride from strangers near 6th and Mass., we removed a number of comments that made it seem as if the incident were his fault.

I will acknowledge, however, that because of the heinous and exceedingly personal nature of sex crimes, we do draw stricter lines than we do in other incidents.

d_prowess 4 years, 11 months ago

Reasonable and glad to hear that you do try to be consistent with this. I think that is what most people want on here. Thanks!

Tonie Barnett Bruns 4 years, 11 months ago

Well said. I'm a happy reader to hear these highly dramatic things are being well monitored. It truely saddens me to read through all the comments that have been removed. What does that say about our community? Those people give the community a bad name, and I am glad that those comments were removed, and this is regulated.

afraidnot 4 years, 11 months ago

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Scott Kaiser 4 years, 11 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.

peacock 4 years, 11 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.

polo66606 4 years, 11 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.

emaw 4 years, 11 months ago

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stobywan 4 years, 11 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......

whats_going_on 4 years, 11 months ago

while I generally don't like Greek systems and the brats in them at KU, frat guys aren't the only ones who rape.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 11 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!

bangaranggerg 4 years, 11 months ago

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

Alison Roberts 4 years, 11 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.

Amesmb 4 years, 11 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.

thatonedude 4 years, 11 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.

ldvander 4 years, 11 months ago

And onceinawhile...I think I will book me a round-a-bout ticket to Baghdad. As an American and now a civilian I think the middle east should be accepting to me and all I am. I shall not fear castration and mutilation by any militants if I chance to walk around by myself. I have a right as a human to be wherever I choose. Does not matter if I am American, white and wearing khaki shorts and sipping on my flask those Sunni militants have no right to hassle me. It's not my fault it is theirs. Next I am off to Congo and then maybe hang in the Columbian mountains with the drug warlords. Don't you chastise me. I Have the right to go where I want and be left in tact. Maybe a weekend trip to the poor borderlands by my lonesome. To the wind with common sense. How's Sierra Leone this time of year? Then I heard South of Chicago projects are very inviting. Maybe go crash a party in Harvey? What?

thatonedude 4 years, 11 months ago

A frat house is not a war zone. And deliberately provoking people is not the same as being a girl in a frat house.

Regardless, btw, if something were to happen to you, it would not be appropriate for people to chastise you for it.

Don Whiteley 4 years, 11 months ago

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chuckschick 4 years, 11 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.

das 4 years, 11 months ago

I personally don't like fraternities or sororities, but what you said I totally agree with. Sometimes (always?) it's hard for people to put their personal biases and baggage in check.

dalegribble 4 years, 11 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;

dalegribble 4 years, 11 months ago

to clarify, K.S.A. Chapter 21 Article 35

tubs_of_love 4 years, 11 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.

afraidnot 4 years, 11 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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