Number of Sex Assault Warnings Jumps at Univ. of Iowa

A man crosses Iowa Avenue in downtown Iowa City near the University of Iowa Campus Tuesday, June 14, 2011. The UI and the City of Iowa City have been working together on a variety of projects and have make improvements to their relationship over the last few years. (Brian Ray/ SourceMedia Group News)

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By Larry Burkum

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The University of Iowa has seen a dramatic jump in the number of sexual assault warnings it has issued this school year.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that since August, university police have issued seven campus-wide warnings about reports of students being sexually assaulted on or near campus. That's six more than were issued during the same period a year earlier.

The most recent warning came Monday after a student reported being sexually assaulted by an acquaintance at a residence hall.

University officials believe that the increase in warnings does not represent an increase in the number of sexual assaults on and around campus, but that more women are coming forward to report assaults.
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