UA Student Sexual Assault Case Federally Investigated

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Four sexual assault cases are under investigation at the University of Arkansas.

At the same time, the U of A is being federally investigated under Title IX for it’s handling of two rape cases and one sexual harassment case.

Kayla Bimball is a senior at the U of A. She tells me she was in a year long relationship with a man who sexually assaulted her on multiple occasions.

“I had gotten intoxicated to the point of incapacitation at a party, he took me home. I woke up the middle of it and then the next morning was just very confused and one of the first things he said to me was like, ‘I hope you don’t think I took advantage of you.'”

Kayla Kimball is finishing her senior year at the U of A. She said she was in a year long relationship with a boyfriend who sexually abused her more than once.

“I knew that it needed to end, I also just didn’t, I didn’t know, i didn’t feel as if I could go on without him because he made me believe that like, he had broken me down so much that I thought I couldn’t be without him,” Kayla Kimball, sexual assault case being investigated.

She said she knew it was time to get away from him and do something about it when enrolled in some of her same classes.

“I was terrified, I was scared to go to class,” Kimball said.

Kimball  said she turned to the university for help, filing two complaints with the civil rights office in 2014.

In both cases, the accused student was found not responsible, and was allowed to stay in courses with her.

In a statement issued Tuesday, The University says quote “The University did not deny the complainant access to any class.”
Though Kimball said differently.

“I feel like a lot of what happened to me could have been avoided had there been proper education for school officials.”

Kimball said as difficult as it is to talk about her abuses, and treatment afterwards, she couldn’t stand to be silenced anymore.

“Victims and survivors themselves know that this is happening to other people, and that they’re not alone,” Kimball said.

The statement we received Tuesday from Vice Chancellor Mark Rushing said in part:

“While no aspect of society is free from sexual misconduct, the university has devoted considerable effort to building a strong program of support, training and awareness about preventing and addressing sexual assault and related misconduct.”

He went on to say The University responded in an appropriate and proactive manner to Kimball’s case.
 

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