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Duke University Sophomore Arrested on Rape Charge…

September 15, 2010

Duke University Sophomore Arrested on Rape Charge…

A sophomore withdrew from the University Thursday after being arrested for the alleged second-degree rape and first-degree kidnapping of a fellow student.

Eric Irons, a 19-year-old from Hong Kong, was arrested by Duke Police and taken into custody Wednesday, 9/8/10. He was charged and released the same day on a $75,000 bond, according to court records. A district court date has been set for Nov. 9.

Irons allegedly assaulted a female student at a party on Central Campus April 17, according to the probable cause affadavit, part of the application for a search warrant submitted by the Duke University Police Department. Several witnesses described the alleged victim as “very intoxicated” at the party, according to the affadavit. The next day, the alleged victim went to the Duke University Medical Center’s Emergency Department, where a sexual assault kit was used.

Michael Schoenfeld, vice president for public affairs and government relations, wrote in an e-mail that the DUPD investigation was conducted in a “timely manner,” but the incident was not included in the initial DUPD crime log to protect the alleged victim, avoid jeopardizing the investigation and prevent the destruction of evidence. He added that DUPD has the right to not report incidents in special cases, such as during ongoing investigations.

DUPD submitted a search warrant application to the magistrate Sept. 7 to procure DNA swabs from Irons and samples of his head and pubic hair, saliva and blood. The evidence was collected by DUPD and Emergency Department workers Sept. 8, according to the search warrant.

“The University’s principal concern is for the health and safety of the victim and the members of the Duke community,” Schoenfeld wrote. “We take reports of sexual assault very seriously and, through DUPD and other services available on campus, work to ensure that the rights of victims and those under investigation are respected and protected.”

Irons declined to comment and referred questions to Durham lawyer Bill Thomas, who could not be reached.

According to the affadavit, Irons admitted in “a subsequent interview” that he engaged in sexual conduct with the alleged victim but denied having sexual intercourse.

According to state statutes, second-degree rape is defined as vaginal intercourse “by force and against the will of the other person.” First-degree kidnapping is the unlawful confining, restraining or removal of a person from one place to another, the result being that “the person kidnapped either was not released by the defendant in a safe place or had been seriously injured or sexually assaulted,” the statutes state.

Schoenfeld referred questions about the prosecution of the case to the district attorney’s office, which could not immediately be reached for comment.

Student Affairs officials have been in contact with Irons and his parents, Schoenfeld said.

Dean of Students Sue Wasiolek said she cannot comment on ongoing criminal cases involving students, but she said the University considers each incident of this nature with great care.

“It’s a difficult balance to strike whenever we are attempting to preserve the rights and the safety of both the students that are involved in the cases and the rest of the community,” she said. “That is something that we take very seriously.”

Via The Chronicle – Duke University

Interestingly I have found nothing in our media about this assault other than the University newspaper.  Why not?  Why shouldn’t other students, campuses, universities, females, and communities be made aware of this information?  Talk about “hush, hush”.

UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE STATS (BASED ON NUMBERS ONLY BEING REPORTED….5% REPORTED!

1 out of 4 females in college will be sexually assaulted/raped BEFORE graduation.

95% of victims DO NOT report being victimized.

MAJOR WAKE-UP CALL – VICTIMIZATION IS NEVER YOUR FAULT!

Section 9 funding and the reporting requirements of the Jean Cleary Act are being drastically being UNDER REPORTED.  Reporting of victimization does affect funding to colleges and universities.  This MUST stop!  Our females are not educated nor know what procedures they should and must take when victimized.  Know the policy and procedures at your school for reporting.  If the University has “SWORN POLICE OFFICERS” report the assault immediately AND PRESS CHARGES, go to the local hospital for reporting and exam and visit your local Rape Crisis Agency or call RAINN.org.  You have every right as well to file a report and press charges with the local city/town police department.

NEVER ALLOW ANYONE TO TELL YOU THAT THEY WILL LOOK INTO THINGS…GET YOUR DOCUMENTATION OF THE REPORT AND ARREST WARRANT.  BE SURE TO TAKE YOUR EXAM RESULTS, CERTIFIED ADVOCATE FROM THE AGENCY WITHIN THE COUNTY WITH YOU AS SHE KNOWS THE LAWS AND YOUR RIGHTS!

Do not settle for a “peer advocate” or “faculty advocate”….YOU WANT/NEED a certified rape crisis advocate who has no influence nor connection with your school.  Her soul interest is to protect and to provide FOR YOU!

Take care and STAY SAFE!

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