COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Ohio State University received 11 reports of rape during February.
Of the 11 reported in February, two occurred in 2021, and one each occurred in 2019 and 2017. Locations listed by those who reported the rapes were: Barret House, Scholars House East and Acacia Fraternity.
Other general locations were reported as a fraternity house and two in unknown residence halls, as well as unknown locations.
Here is a breakdown of the reports, based by when they were made:
- Feb. 1, unknown location. Date occurred Jan. 25, 2021.
- Feb. 1, Barrett House.
- Feb. 6, unknown Fraternity House.
- Feb. 8, unknown location. Date occurred Aug. 24, 2021.
- Feb. 11, Scholars House East. Date occurred Aug. 24, 2019.
- Feb. 15, Unknown residence hall. Date occurred Aug. 15, 2021.
- Feb. 17, off OSU campus.
- Feb. 22, Acacia Fraternity. Date occurred Jan. 29, 2022.
- Feb. 24, OSU campus. Date occurred Sept. 15, 2017.
- Feb. 28, Unknown location.
- Feb. 28, Unknown residence hall. Date occurred Jan. 31, 2022.
Ohio State University said in a statement to NBC4 that “incidents listed with a CSA prefix are listed in accordance with Clery Act reporting requirements and are not reports made for the purpose of a criminal investigation or other law enforcement action.”
Furthermore, the statement said:
“Knowing that between 1 and 3 and 1 and 5 women nationwide experience physical or sexual assault, Ohio State has prioritized reporting of sexual assault and misconduct. Prioritizing reporting allows the university to take appropriate action to address sexual misconduct, including implementing additional prevention measures and connecting individuals with support and resources to allow them continued access to their education or employment.
“In 2019, the university opened the Office of Institutional Equity to centralize reporting and investigation of all forms of discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct. The following year, reports of sexual misconduct increased significantly, with some categories of reports increasing by approximately 182%.
“Education, including mandatory, annual sexual assault and sexual harassment training, remains a focus for the university. In 2016, Ohio State implemented mandatory sexual misconduct prevention education for incoming students. The university expanded this requirement in 2018 to all students, faculty and staff.”
Rapes and Ohio State University
NBC4 ran a series of reports on rapes at Ohio State in November 2021: