Clery report shows another marked increase of forcible sex offenses reported at KU
Forcible sex offenses reported on the Kansas University campus shot up for the second year in a row, according to KU’s newly released Clery Act Annual Security Report.
In 2014, there were 24 forcible sex offenses reported on the KU campus, according to the report. Of those, 14 were rape (10 in dorms) and 10 were fondling (six in dorms). There were eight forcible sex offenses reported at KU-affiliated off-campus locations, including four rape and four fondling.
In 2013 there were 13 forcible sex offenses reported on campus (nine were in dorms) and two reported off-campus.
In 2012 there were three forcible sex offenses reported on campus (two in dorms) and two off-campus.
For the first time this year, the Clery Act required sex offenses to be broken down into categories of rape and fondling, said Capt. James Anguiano of the KU Office of Public Safety. He said the category of rape includes includes sodomy and sexual assault with an object.
Anguiano said he believes the higher numbers don’t necessarily mean that more forcible sex offenses are happening at KU but rather that more people are actually reporting them.
The issue of sexual violence on campus has been the subject of political action and widely reported on by the media over the past two years.
“We know the number is low because a lot of people do not want to report this type of crime,” Anguiano said, “but the numbers increasing show the positive.”
KU police released their annual crime statistics this spring, as they do each year.
The Clery report is different, more comprehensive and takes longer to compile.
Mandated by federal law, the Clery Act requires universities to produce numbers of crimes reported not only on their campuses but also at non-campus locations including greek houses — which are affiliated with but not owned by KU — or university-controlled properties outside the main campus, Anguiano said.
Beyond crimes reported to campus police, the Clery Act also requires universities to include those reported to other law enforcement agencies and to KU’s Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access (the university office that investigates reports of sexual violence and other discrimination), Anguiano said.
“It’s a pretty long process,” he said.
KU’s Clery report for 2014 was released on Thursday.
KU’s annual crime statistics and full Clery report are available online at publicsafety.ku.edu.
Other numbers of note from KU’s 2014 Clery report:
• Non-forcible sex offenses (defined in the report as incest or statutory rape): 0
• Domestic violence: 1 on campus (0 in dorms), 22 off-campus.
• Dating violence: 12 on campus (8 in dorms), 0 off-campus.
• Stalking: 12 on campus (5 in dorms), 6 off-campus.
• Murder and manslaughter: 0
• Aggravated assault: 4 on campus (0 in dorms), 2 off-campus.
• Arson: 0
• Burglary: 36 on campus (21 in dorms), 49 off-campus.
Burglaries were up notably from 27 on campus and 3 off-campus in 2013, which Anguiano said merited a reminder.
“It’s a crime of opportunity,” he said. “Continue to be diligent in securing your property and locking things up.”
Forcible sex offenses
Forcible sex offenses reported on the KU campus, according to KU’s 2014 Clery Act Annual Security Report:
Forcible sex offenses — on campus
2014 — 24 (14 rape, 10 fondling)
2013 — 13
2012 — 3
Forcible sex offenses — non-campus
2014 — 8 (4 rape, 4 fondling)
2013 — 2
2012 — 2
*The category of rape includes sodomy and sexual assault with an object. For the first time this year, the Clery Act required sex offenses to be broken down into categories of rape and fondling.