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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A new report shows that the number of reported rapes on Virginia Commonwealth University's Monroe Park campus nearly doubled last year.

The university's annual security report says the number of rapes jumped from eight in 2015 to 15 in 2016. Seven rapes were reported in 2016 at the university's MCV campus.

University spokesman Tom Gresham told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that the school expected an increase in the number of reports following recent efforts to improve the school community's education about reporting the crime.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A new law in Virginia will ensure that sexual assault victims are notified when the state completes the analysis of their rape kit.

The bill backed by Attorney General Mark Herring requires law enforcement to contact victims or their family members when they finish testing a PERK kit. Victims will also be able to get any law-enforcement analysis of the kit.

The new law was one two measures Gov. Terry McAuliffe highlighted during a ceremonial bill signing on Thursday. The Democratic governor signed the bills into law last month.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A federal appeals court has ordered a lower court judge in Delaware to reconsider a claim from a Delaware prison inmate who says he was sexually assaulted by a correctional officer during a pat down in 2014.

DeShawn Drumgo claims Sgt. William Kuschel patted and groped inappropriately, then squeezed his genitals until the skin ruptured while other officers laughed and failed to intervene.

A federal judge granted summary judgment to the state after the defendants said Drumgo failed to file a grievance before filing the lawsuit.

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A series of kidnappings and sexual assaults of women has sent fear through New Castle County – especially University of Delaware students.

There have been three incidents so far with an armed masked man carrying out the attack.

He is described as 5-fee-7 inches, tall with a thin build.

The university has shared posts by the New Castle County Police Department along with safety tips but has not sent out an alert.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Data shows that thousands of rape kits in Maryland have not been tested.

Citing figures obtained under the state Public Information Act, The Baltimore Sun reports that Maryland police have left over 3,500 of the kits untested.

Advocates for rape victims say that number shows that police are not investigating all sexual assaults cases thoroughly.

State lawmakers required police departments to report their figures this year to the attorney general's office and to explain why kits remain untested.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Police say a University of Delaware student reported that she was sexually assaulted.

Newark police say the 20-year-old woman went to the police department Sunday to report that she was attacked as she walked alone on Saturday night.

Police say the woman reported she was walking on Corbit Street near Wilson Road around 10:30 p.m. Saturday when a man approached her from behind and pushed her against a parked car. He sexually assaulted her, then fled on foot.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A spokeswoman for Old Dominion University says it is committed to treating victims of sexual assault with "care, professionalism and respect."

Giovanna Genard confirmed in a statement Thursday that the university has received a federal complaint alleging that school mishandled a student's rape case in 2014.

The complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Education accuses campus police of preventing the woman from getting a medical exam to preserve evidence until after she was interrogated for almost eight hours.

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Much has changed since the Life Crisis Center in Salisbury opened as a rape crisis center forty years ago. Executive Director Michele Hughes tells Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush that a new task has been added to their list: Helping people after the death involved in a homicide. The center is holding a gala at the Dunes Manor Hotel in Ocean City to mark it anniversary.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is pledging at least $1 million in grants to help groups that serve victims of sexual assault in Baltimore after the Justice Department found the police department's responses to sexual assault "grossly inadequate."

The Republican governor said Thursday that the money represents immediate action to improve services to victims.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate has unanimously approved a bill aimed at strengthening reporting of sexual assaults on college campuses.

The bill approved Wednesday requires employees of higher education institutions to offer to report sexual assault incidents to law enforcement officials if the alleged victim agrees. Lawmakers struck a previous version of the bill that required school officials to contact police regardless of the alleged victim's wishes.