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After College Rape Allegation, Cops Went After Accuser

Charges now dropped against her in controversial University of Kansas case
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 29, 2019 11:06 AM CDT
Students walk in front of Fraser Hall on the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence, Kan., on Thursday.   (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

(Newser) – Charges were dropped Monday in a controversial University of Kansas case involving a rape allegation. In this case, however, the controversy arose because police ended up investigating the accuser and not the accused, reports the Washington Post. Details and coverage:

  • The allegation: In September 2018, a 30-year-old grad student told police that she was raped by a male acquaintance during homecoming weekend. The woman says she drank so much she blacked out, then woke up in the man's bed, reports KCTV. She told police she remembered telling him no, but he didn't stop.
  • Her texts: The woman handed over her phone to officers at a hospital, where she had gone to have swabs taken for a rape kit, and they read texts in which she referred to a "borderline rape." In the hours immediately after the alleged attack, she wrote, "It's gross ... he's actually really good at sex though," and "Get here fast. I'm literally about to have a breakdown." In court documents, the woman later said she made light of what happened because at that point she still didn't want to admit that she'd been raped, per the Kansas City Star. It's a common reaction of rape victims, say her defenders.

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