Audit: Ohio State sex assault unit didn’t report 57 possible felonies

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The school closed its Sexual Civility and Empowerment unit in June 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – An audit has found an Ohio State University center intended to support sexual assault survivors failed to report 57 potential felonies to law enforcement as legally required during the three years it was open.

The school closed its Sexual Civility and Empowerment unit in June 2018 after finding workers didn’t properly document and report students’ sexual assault complaints.

The Columbus Dispatch learned of the audit’s findings through public records requests.

University spokesman Chris Davey told the newspaper it’s an unacceptable failure and among the reasons the school dissolved the center and redesigned its program for supporting victims of sexual assault.

The university says all 57 cases have now been reported to law enforcement. Davey says the survivors were informed of their rights and options, but none pursued police investigations.


Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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