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LSU reported sex crimes see big increase

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BATON ROUGE - Some crime at LSU saw a big jump last year as statistics released Wednesday show that sex crimes spiked during 2013.

A combination of two theories is suspected by LSU Police to help explain why the number of sex crimes spiked on the state's largest college campus from three in 2012 to 10 in 2013.

"It's really hard to determine what that increase is," said LSU Police Capt. Cory Lalonde. "Is it because more incidents are occuring or because more reporting of offenses occuring is being done?"

Campus officials have made a concerted effort over the last several years to encourage people to come forward and report any crime or any other incidents. Eight of the 10 cases were reported to police. The other two were reported to the campus clinic.

"Of eight reported to LSU PD, four of those were sexual battery," Lalonde said. "We did make arrests in three of four."

The other four cases reported were for rape. Two of those cases were closed with arrests, and a third case was closed when the victim refused to pursue charges. There is no suspect in the final case.

Police said many of these cases involve people who know each other and excessive alcohol use.

"It's not necessarily a stranger that's attacking them," Lalonde said. "It's known acquaintances, date rape situation where we see most instances."

There were three reported cases of forcible sexual offenses at Southern University for 2013, one fewer than the previous year.

 

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