In Light of Kansas Serial Rapist Investigation by Police, KCSDV Coalition Member Resources and Information

In Light of Kansas Serial Rapist Investigation by Police, KCSDV Coalition Member Resources and Information


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - August 1, 2017

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MANHATTAN, KS – On Thursday, July 27, 2017, the Riley County Police and the Lawrence Police Departments announced they are asking for tips and information from the public surrounding a 17 year-long investigation involving a serial rapist. The investigation strings together a series of 14 rape cases that occurred in 2000-2015 in Lawrence and Manhattan, Kansas. An anonymous donor has given $10,000 to the Riley County Police to be used as a reward for information leading to an arrest.

"Victims and survivors are more likely to work with law enforcement and proceed to conviction of the abuser when they work with an advocacy organization in addition to law enforcement," Grover said. The Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV) map of advocacy organizations shows where KCSDV’s 27 coalition members are located across the state of Kansas with their names and contact information.

Although these cases were in Lawrence and Manhattan, victims could be anywhere in the state at this time, since people move. There could also be cases that have not yet been identified, and having a local resource for victims and survivors can be a huge help for those victims and survivors.

"This is an unusual case because of the amount of publicity this case has received, the duration of time between the first connected assault and the last, and because the rapist was apparently a stranger to all of the women," said Joyce Grover Executive Director of the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV). She added, "85 percent of sexual assaults are inflicted upon victims by perpetrators who are known to the victim."

According to the police departments, the assaults involved a masked intruder targeting college-age women, entering the victims’ off-campus residences, mostly between 2 – 4:30 a.m. when the victims slept, and threatening the victims with a handgun. A profile of the perpetrator is a 33 year-old, white man who is 5'10" – 6'0" tall with a heavier set, most noticeably around the stomach and thighs. There are no known photographs or sketches of the assaulter.

The Riley County Police Department asks the public to give tips and information to the Riley County Police Department about this investigation by calling the Riley County Police Department’s dispatch at 785-537-2112 and by texting tips and information to "CRIMES" (274637) starting the body of the message with "TIP353". For more information, visit the Riley County Police Department’s special Crime Stoppers website at www.kansascollegerapist.com. The 24-hour Kansas Crisis Hotline is 888-END-ABUSE (888-363-2287).

"In order to end sexual violence, communities have to come together to respond," said Grover. "By putting out this information about resources and support, we want to encourage communities to come together for victims to respond as bystanders, holding perpetrators accountable for their actions instead of blaming victims."

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The Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV) is a leading statewide voice for victims and survivors and works with over 25 coalition members across the state of Kansas to prevent and eliminate domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. Find services, resources and a listing of trainings on KCSDV’s website at www.kcsdv.org. Contact KCSDV by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 785-232-9784.

The 24-hour Kansas Crisis Hotline is 888-END-ABUSE (888-363-2287).

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Pittsburg, Kansas' Safehouse Crisis Center Opens New Domestic Violence Shelter

Pittsburg, Kansas’ Safehouse Crisis Center Opens New Domestic Violence Shelter


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - July 21, 2017

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PITTSBURG, KS – This week, the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence's (KCSDV) coalition member Safehouse Crisis Center, Inc. (Safehouse) opens a new domestic violence shelter in Pittsburg, Kansas. The new shelter serves as a resource for over 145 thousand people who live in the seven southeastern-most counties of Kansas and is the latest shelter built of 22 currently in the state of Kansas.

"In rural contexts, where everyone knows everyone in the community, the need for safe and confidential shelter from domestic violence is heightened for the safety of the victims and survivors," says KCSDV Executive Director Joyce Grover. The new shelter will be able to provide this safe and confidential space for more people now, since the new shelter has 71 beds, adding 48 to Safehouse’s old shelter bed count and capacity of 23.

Rebecca Brubaker and Joyce Grover at Safehouse Crisis Center Shelter_Kitchen

Safehouse will still be able to continue providing shelter for victims' and survivors' pets, too. The new shelter's pet kennel is a 100 percent donated upgrade: The kennel consists of a temperature-controlled, indoor shelter and bath area for cats and dogs and an outdoor area for dogs. Pet kenneling is a recently new, popular addition for many domestic violence shelters as domestic violence work becomes more victim- and survivor-centered based on research showing people are less likely to leave an abusive situation if they cannot leave without their pet due to either support separation from the pet or fear of retaliation and harm to their pet by the abuser.

"Everything in the shelter was donated," said Safehouse Executive Director Rebecca Brubaker, referencing all of the materials that were used to build the shelter. "The shelter was made possible by the generous support of the community."

Rebecca Brubaker and Joyce Grover at Safehouse Crisis Center Family Bedroom

 

The shelter building was an old warehouse and what remains intact from the old building is the basic structure and the storm shelter. Safehouse's bedrooms include one shared room of bunk beds for those not bringing children and single women and 13 family rooms. If a parent seeks shelter and brings their children, the family bedrooms include five beds, one for the parent and four for children, so the family can stay privately in one room together. The shelter serves and is inclusive to all genders and sexes, although the majority of people seeking shelter are women. Additional rooms in the building include: two victim and survivor advocate offices, one administration office, eight bathrooms, two kitchens, one board room, one or two living rooms, and an outside play and picnic area.

The seven Kansas counties Safehouse Crisis Center serves are: Bourbon, Cherokee, Crawford, Labette, Linn, Montgomery, and Wilson.









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The Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV) is a leading statewide voice for victims and survivors and works with over 25 coalition members across the state of Kansas to prevent and eliminate domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. Find services, resources and a listing of trainings on KCSDV’s website at www.kcsdv.org. Contact KCSDV by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 785-232-9784.

The 24-hour Kansas Crisis Hotline is 888-END-ABUSE (888-363-2287).

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Kansas Lawmakers Pass Significant Violence- And Abuse-related Bills Into Law That Are Effective July 1, 2017

Kansas Lawmakers Pass Significant Violence- And Abuse-related Bills Into Law That Are Effective July 1, 2017


For Immediate Release: June 29, 2017

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TOPEKA, KS – This Saturday, July 1, 2017, new domestic violence-, sexual assault- and stalking-related laws will go into effect for Kansas. The Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV) worked with legislatures, advocates and survivors for four years to pass some of these laws. The laws come into effect just two weeks after KCSDV celebrated 35 years of being a leading statewide voice and coalition for victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. The nonprofit was founded on June 22, 1982.

Many of these laws have been needed in Kansas for a long time, with many other states offering the same or similar protections. One example is the Protection from Stalking or Sexual Assault Act amendment, which adds sexual assault to the definition of abuse and more clearly defines sexual assault for the purpose of getting a protection order. Sexual assault will now be defined as “engaging in any sexual contact or attempted sexual contact with another person without consent or when such person is incapable of giving consent.” 32 states currently offer a protection order for a sexual assault victim, Kansas being the newest addition to this growing list.

“We are really excited this legislature has picked up these issues as being critical safety issues for victims and survivors,” said KCSDV Executive Director Joyce Grover. “They will provide safety all over the state for years to come.”

Other amendment topics are: strangulation, discussion of fatalities in closed meetings, mental health compensation, consideration of abuse in custody decisions, parental notification after assault, and infectious disease testing of offenders.

A list of the changes effective on July 1, 2017:

  1. Senate Bill (SB) 101:
    • The Protection from Abuse Act now has sexual assault added to the definition of “abuse.”
    • The Protection from Stalking Act becomes the Protection from Stalking or Sexual Assault Act and clearly defines sexual assault for the purpose of getting a protection order as, “engaging in any sexual contact or attempted sexual contact with another person without consent or when such person is incapable of giving consent.”
    • House Bill (HB) 2033 inserted into SB 101: Kansas Crime Victims Compensation now allows sexual assault victims to seek crime victims compensation for mental health counseling within two years of being notified of the identification of a suspect. This reflects the state’s work on untested and unsubmitted sexual assault evidence collection kits.
    • HB 2176 inserted into SB 101: Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Examinations and Parental Notification adds exceptions to parental notification. When a hospital or medical facility has information that parent or guardian of a minor (who receives a sexual assault evidence collection examination) is the subject of a related criminal investigation or the medical professional, after consulting with law enforcement, reasonably believes the minor will be harmed if notification is given, notification to the parent or guardian is not required. This provides an additional layer of protection for minors who may be sexually assaulted by a parent or guardian.
    • HB 2234 Inserted into SB 101: Infectious disease testing of certain offenders is now required to occur not later than 48 hours after the alleged offender appears before a magistrate. The court shall also order the arrested person to submit to follow-up tests for infectious diseases as may be medically appropriate. A magistrate is a civil officer or lay judge who administers the law, especially one who conducts a court that deals with minor offenses and holds preliminary hearings for more serious ones.
  2. SB 112:
    • HB 2034 inserted into SB 112: Strangulation of an intimate partner is now a felony, signaling the critical need to recognize the lethality of this abuse. Strangulation stops the flow of blood to and from the brain, inhibits normal breathing and can result in immediate death.
    • HB 2071 inserted into SB 112: Now, in a domestic battery case if presented with protective order information, courts will be required to consider current or prior protective orders when sentences are issued.
  3. SB 124: In the past, judges have been able to consider evidence of emotional and physical spousal abuse when making custody decisions. This update provides a much clearer definition of domestic abuse, which now includes patterns of abusive behavior or threats used to gain control or domination as well as any act of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.
  4. HB 2128 inserted into HB 2301: The Kansas Open Meeting Act was amended to allow the Governor’s Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board to discuss fatalities in closed meetings.

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The Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV) is a leading statewide voice for victims and survivors and works with over 25 coalition members across the state of Kansas to prevent and eliminate domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. Find services, resources and a listing of trainings on KCSDV’s website at www.kcsdv.org. Contact KCSDV by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 785.232.9784. The 24-hour Kansas Crisis Hotline is 888-END-ABUSE (888-363-2287).

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The Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence Marks 35 Years Since Founding On June 22, 1982

The Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence Marks 35 Years Since Founding On June 22, 1982


For Immediate Release: June 26, 2017

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TOPEKA, KS – This year, in a tumultuous year for women’s rights across the United States, the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV) turns 35 years old. KCSDV was founded on June 22, 1982. KCSDV celebrated with a cake last Thursday, announcing the news on social media and via email to its over 25 coalition member organizations across the state of Kansas. This year marks an amazing milestone in work that has already touched so many lives in Kansas and beyond.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Kansas Association of Domestic Violence Programs (KADVP) and the Kansas Organization of Sexual Assault Centers (KOSAC) were operating as separate state associations and bringing voices of survivors to the state level in their work.

On June 22, 1982, the Kansas Association of Domestic Violence Programs (KADVP) incorporated and became an official nonprofit. Later when KADVP and the Kansas Organization of Sexual Assault Centers decided to merge, the groups both agreed to reform the name to Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV) and use the existing 1982 corporation. The new name indicated the joining of the coalition’s work in both domestic violence and sexual assault – two things that were and sometimes still are separate social justice issues in the U.S.

Throughout the years, the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence operated in home offices, in a converted garage, in a variety of rented office space - not all of it very nice, and today, in the organization’s current building that is owned by Friends of KCSDV about a block away from the Kansas state capitol building.

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The Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV) is a leading statewide voice for victims and survivors and works with over 25 coalition members across the state of Kansas to prevent and eliminate domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. Find services, resources and a listing of trainings on KCSDV’s website at www.kcsdv.org. Contact KCSDV by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 785.232.9784. The 24-hour Kansas Crisis Hotline is 888-END-ABUSE (888-363-2287).

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MOCSA Recognized for Innovative and Effective Workplace Practices

MOCSA Recognized for Innovative and Effective Workplace Practices

Receives prestigious When Work Works Award

KANSAS CITY, Mo.─ the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA) has been honored with a 2017 When Work Works Award for exemplary workplace practices.

The prestigious When Work Works Award is part of the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM’s) When Work Works project, a national initiative that helps employers become more successful by transforming the way they view and adopt effective and flexible workplaces.

The award recognizes employers of all sizes across the country that are excelling at offering a variety of top-rated employee initiatives such as work-life fit policies, flexible scheduling and transition to parenthood programs. The award goes beyond work-life programs and includes initiatives that address the additional evidence-based aspects of effective workplaces, such as opportunities for learning, a culture of respect and trust and job autonomy.

“MOCSA is honored to receive the 2017 When Work Works Award in recognition of our positive and flexible work environment,” said Julie Donelon, MOCSA President and CEO. “MOCSA’s innovative and passionate staff shape our culture and we value their ongoing commitment to our mission. Creating a supportive workplace is one of many ways that we can acknowledge the incredible talents they bring to the Kansas City community.”

In applying for the award, MOCSA was evaluated on factors associated with employee health, well-being and engagement: opportunities for learning; a culture of trust; work-life fit; supervisor support for work success; autonomy; and satisfaction with earnings, benefits and opportunities for advancement.

“These winners have reinvented their workplaces in ways that benefit business and employees alike and are reaping the benefits in terms of employee job satisfaction and retention,” said Cassidy Solis, senior advisor, workplace flexibility, at SHRM.

The award is earned after a rigorous assessment that emphasizes the real-life experiences of employees and incorporates national benchmarks of employer practices from the National Study of Employers and the employee experiences from the National Study of the Changing Workforce. Two-thirds of an organization’s winning score is based on a survey of its employees.

MOCSA exists to improve the lives of those impacted by sexual assault and abuse and to prevent sexual violence in our community. MOCSA provides free-of-charge services to more than 65,000 individuals annually. More information at www.mocsa.org.

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