Almost All SMU Sexual Assaults go Unprosecuted

According to a well-reported and well-written piece in today’s Daily Campus, only one sexual assault of an SMU student has been fully prosecuted in the past 25 years.

That instance — the well-known case of Monika Korra in 2009 — was perpetrated by men from outside SMU. The Daily Campus found that no recent sexual assault allegedly committed by an another student has been successfully prosecuted by outside law enforcement.

SMU officials say the internal system works well, though they refused to provide any statistics or other documented information to support their claim.

“It’s very effective,” SMU Police Chief Richard Shafer said. “It has helped people heal.”

It’s a fairly quick read, and worth your time. Kudos to the reporters.

6 thoughts on “Almost All SMU Sexual Assaults go Unprosecuted

  • April 30, 2012 at 4:00 pm
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    Wow. All I can say is Wow. I knew that SMU and its governors thought they themselves were above the law, that’s clear at almost every City Council meeting. But for them to be able to take jurisdiction away from “real” police and prosecutors in sexual assault cases is absurd.

    Every day I ask myself more, “Why is SMU so able to get away with murder around here?” Now I guess I mean that almost literally.

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  • May 1, 2012 at 9:24 am
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    Where is the outrage? Just more of the good ole boy network. There’s a reason SMU has it’s reputation, and with this information I certainly wouldn’t send my daughter there.

    It’s truly a sad commentary on our society when the institution that many of us look to for moral guidance, churches, are in fact morally bankrupt. It’s crimanal that any college would have this record; that it is religious based is unconscionable.

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  • May 1, 2012 at 12:32 pm
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    I have found from personal experience that sexual assaults, even on children, are not prosecuted when weathly or politically connected individuals are involved as the rapists.

    I grew up in the Omaha area as a child. As a child, I was raped in a sex ring where the rapes were by politicians and wealthy people and the ones raped were kids like me.

    As an adult, I went forward to expose the ring and found that it had already been exposed by about 50 other children who were now adults. The Federal agencies I went to were aware of the ring but did nothing because too many politicians and wealthy people were involved. I even found a book written by Nick Bryant about the ring.

    My outrage at being raped as a five year old child was dwarfed by the realization that our justice system was very much of a turn your head and ignore the rapes even when the ones raped were children.

    It is my experience that people of politics and wealth are allowed to ignore even the most fundamental human rights.

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  • May 2, 2012 at 9:04 am
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    The DOJ just announced an investigation into this same type of issue at the University of Montana. The telling comment below sums it up pretty well: We care more about reputations and it’s impact on our business than we do about young girls being raped.

    “Administrators and business leaders say they worry about fallout from the justice department probe and six months of news about sex assault investigations tied to the university. From the fall of 2010 to fall of 2011, full-time student enrollment dropped by two percent.”

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  • May 2, 2012 at 11:18 am
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    Because of my experiences with wealthy politicians being seen as above the law, I was surprised that the legislative branch is going after the Secret Service agents.

    The Secret Service agents were the ones “guarding” the politians when I was raped. I asked the Secret Service agents who interviewed me during the time I went forward about my rape in the sex ring if they were protecting a political protectee and that protectee began to rape a five year old child (U.S. citizen)and the child began to kick back at the political protectee, who would you protect, the child or the politician?

    The answer was silence. Then, one of the agents said, that would never happen. I said it happened to me. They said, well, it is not our area.

    I went forward as a federal whistle blower in 2005 to the Dallas Office of Special Counsel about the Executive Branch elected officials who raped kids and the DOJ agencies who did nothing. After being investigated by the FBI, SS, CIA and OSC…all said, yes it happened, but it is not our area.

    In the years since becoming and advocate for abuse survivors and a federal whistle blower, my Federal Govt career of 25 years was pretty much dead. Because I was standing up for children (and myself) I was seen as a traitor to the U.S. and a traitor to Federal Law Enforcement.

    The irony in this for me is that SMU is the ONLY place I have found justice in all my years fighting for justice. I found justice in their Embrey Human Rights Program. I realized education might be the only way to combat these human rights violations in our country.

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