Increase in rapes on the University of Memphis campus

By: Lauren Coleman

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Twenty-year-old Nicholas Wayman is accused of raping another student at the University of Memphis.

He’s indicted on charges of raping a student in April off Campus, but he continues to attend class.

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According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, there have been increase in rapes reported on the university’s campus. A total of nine forcible sex offenses were reported in 2016 and this includes three forcible rapes. In 2015, a total of six forcible sex offenses were reported and this includes one forcible rape. 

Wayman’s enrollment in school has some students fired up. Protests broke out Wednesday afternoon over the allegations.

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“Currently, he should be suspended, so he wouldn't have contact with the victim because what I have read she is traumatized,” student Ramo Fari said. 

Some students feel otherwise.

“I think we need to let the school handle this,” Student Leslie Hennings said. “They have known about it for some time.”

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The University’s President M. David Rudd addressed concerns about the allegations in an email sent out to students.

The email says in part: "We are a community and country governed by the rule of law, and we will follow those laws and provide due process throughout. When the facts of investigations are established and evidence gathered, we have not hesitated to take the harshest position possible for criminal activity on our campus."

Later Wednesday evening, Rudd sent out another email to students about the rape allegations. In the email, he said he will hold a two-hour open conversation about sexual assault and sexual harassment on campus, and how the university can improve it’s response during active investigations. 

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Details on a time and place will be provided on Monday. 

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