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A sexual assault evidence collection kit sits on a table in O'Bleness Memorial Hospital. Rape kits are sent to a branch of Ohio’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation, where testing is done on the DNA collected in the kits (OLIVIA RANEY | FILE)

Rape reports increased 60 percent at OU from 2015 to 2016

Ohio University's annual security report showed an increase in reports of rape in 2016.

Reports of rape have increased in the past three years, according to the report. In 2015, there were 20 reports of rape on campus. The number rose to 32 reports in 2016, which is a 60 percent increase. 

The OU Police Department completed the report in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act for all campuses. The act requires colleges and universities to publish statistics on crime and information on campus security, policies and procedures every Oct. 1. 

The act was created after Jeanne Clery, a student at Lehigh University, was raped and murdered in 1986. It went into effect in 1990.

There was an increase in total reported crimes in 2016: 111 crimes were reported, while 87 crimes were reported in 2015 and 57 were reported in 2014.

There were a total of 318 arrests and 825 disciplinary referrals for liquor law violations, drug abuse violations and possession of weapons in 2016, according to the report. Most of those reportedly occurred on campus in Athens.

Reports of dating violence decreased in 2016. Nine incidents of dating violence were reported to OUPD in 2016. In 2015, there were 22 reports of dating violence.

OUPD fielded 24 reports of stalking in 2016, up from eight stalking reports in 2015.

One murder was reported to OUPD in 2016. An Athens man was charged with murder after a former OU student was shot and killed during a reported burglary in May 2016.


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