Protesters gather at KU frat house for second night in a row after sexual assault allegation
photo by: Dylan Lysen/Journal-World Photo
Hundreds of protesters on Tuesday gathered for a second straight night in front of a University of Kansas fraternity, where a member has been accused of recently sexually assaulting a woman.
The protesters — demanding “Justice!” and shouting “Lock him up!” — again demanded that the fraternity member of Phi Kappa Psi be kicked out of KU. They also chanted “Stop the rape, make campus safe!”
Protesters on Monday had flooded the area in front of the fraternity on West 15th Street, holding signs and demanding justice. The fraternity had indicated that it had reported the allegation to officials, and by Tuesday afternoon KU officials had announced to the university community that they were investigating the incident. Meanwhile, a petition to punish the fraternity member had gained more than 15,000 signatures.
The fraternity house was surrounded with green tape Tuesday evening, but the crowd just walked through it to position themselves directly in front of the building.
Police were at the scene for a second night in a row, but West 15th Street remained open to traffic, unlike Monday night.
Lawrence police indicated Tuesday that they were aware of the alleged incident, but would not confirm or deny whether there was an active criminal investigation. The police department encouraged anyone who is a victim of sexual assault or has knowledge of an incident to call the department at 785-832-7509.