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Pullman Police investigating two on-campus rapes

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PULLMAN, Wash. -

Pullman Police received two reports of rapes at WSU fraternities within a week.

The first case was reported on April 3. Police say the victim hasn't decided whether to press charges. The second was on April 9 and the investigation is ongoing for that.

Washington State University police are battling an unfortunately familiar crime.

"We know that sexual assault is probably the least, the most underreported crime there is on college campus," says Asst. Chief Steve Hansen with WSU Police.

After hearing Pullman Police are investigating recent reports of rapes, 

Hansen says he's, "disappointed. I mean to know that somebody was put in that position and their power was taken away from them and somebody took that overstep knowingly taking that away from somebody."

From 2012-2014, WSU had a total of 22 sex offenses on campus. Hansen says there are preventative programs, and all new students go through an orientation. But to get those numbers down, is going to be difficult.

"I don't think those numbers will ever be zero, I'm sorry to say that," Hansen says. "If we're all doing our job very well I think we'll see those numbers go up."

He says people need to report but bystanders also need to stand up.

"It's got to be a cultural change," he says. "If somebody's out with a buddy and their buddy says 'Hey that person's so drunk I think I'll try something. The buddy's gotta stand up and say 'No you don't' and that's what I think it's really going to take to drop those numbers."

For more information on WSU's Security/Fire report: http://police.wsu.edu/docs/AnnualSecurityFireReport.pdf

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