A Most Coveted Status: Unreported Rape, Murder and Mayhem on College Campuses

College campusIn 2003 a student at Christopher Newport University in New Port News, Virginia reported a sexual assault to campus authorities.  After a brief investigation the accused rapist, Jesse Matthews, was quietly allowed to leave campus in the middle of the semester – less than a month after he had joined the school’s football team. The police were not notified, and Matthews was never charged with assault.  Matthews was also implicated in an alleged rape of a young woman at Liberty University in 2002, but claimed the relationship was consensual.  In that instance, police apparently persuaded the woman not to pursue charges, and the case was never brought to trial.  A trail of alleged assaults followed in Matthews’ wake over the next decade, most of them involving young college-aged females.

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