Crime at Hofstra Reported In 2015 Includes Five Rapes, Negligent Manslaughter

Reports of one negligent manslaughter, five rapes, one fondling, two aggravated assaults and one religious hate crime were among more than 100 incidents from 2015 revealed in the 2016 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, released by Hofstra per federal requirement. Of the five rapes reported, four occurred in residence halls, meaning the fifth occurred elsewhere on campus. In the context of the report, rape is defined as “penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person without the consent of the victim.” The number of rapes reported however, seems surprising considering the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network’s (RAINN) statistic that 11.2 percent of all students experience rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence or incapacitation. Furthermore, RAINN states that “Among undergraduate students, 23% of females and 5.4% of males experience rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence, or incapacitation.”

Crime at Hofstra Reported In 2015 Includes Five Rapes, Negligent Manslaughter

By Laurel O’Keefe

Oct 11, 2016

Reports of one negligent manslaughter, five rapes, one fondling, two aggravated assaults and one religious hate crime were among more than 100 incidents from 2015 revealed in the 2016 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, released by Hofstra per federal requirement.

“These are crimes that are reported to us, that doesn’t mean that through the course of the investigation it was proven to be true,” said Lynda O’Malley, assistant director of public safety and one of the compilers of the report.

All colleges and universities who receive federal funding are mandated to release campus crime statistics, as well as their security and safety policies and procedures under the Jeanne Clery disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, or the Clery Act, enacted in 1990.

At Hofstra, the report is linked in an email sent out to all students and faculty, as well being posted as a PDF on Hofstra’s website. Yet, while the information is there for reference, students seem overwhelmingly unaware of the report and its contents.

“I didn’t even know [the report] was a thing, never mind that it is available to us,” said Amanda Deamer, a freshman computer science major. “It’s almost not looked at as important if it’s in an email, I just look through and figure it’s just another thing from Hofstra.”

The 2016 report is composed of 41 pages, which includes a statistic chart of all offenses. Some rows of the chart are blacked out due to changes in laws. For example, the rows titled “sexual offences,” both forcible and non-forcible, have been blacked out for 2014 and 2015 due to a change in law that reclassified them, mandating that these incidents be included under the data for rape.

The report does not reveal information on the students involved in any report or crime.

However, when a case goes to trial and someone faces prosecution because of their actions, their identities are then public knowledge.

For example, the negligent manslaughtuntitleder report can likely be attributed to the death of Olivia McClellan, who passed away after recieving a fatal overdose of heroin from former Hofstra student Joseph Joudah.

In April 2015, Joudah, McClellan’s boyfriend at the time, left McClellan alone in her Enterprise Hall dorm after they both took heroin. Joudah then waited 17 hours before anonymously calling Public Safety.

Joudah pleaded guilty to the charge of negligent manslaughter. He was sentenced with five years’ probation on Sept. 23 of this year; and was granted youthful offender status, leaving his criminal record sealed.

 

Of the five rapes reported, four occurred in residence halls, meaning the fifth occurred elsewhere on campus. In the context of the report, rape is defined as “penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person without the consent of the victim.”

The number of rapes reported however, seems surprising considering the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network’s (RAINN) statistic that 11.2 percent of all students experience rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence or incapacitation.

Furthermore, RAINN states that “Among undergraduate students, 23% of females and 5.4% of males experience rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence, or incapacitation.”

 

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