Sexual Assault

Event to Benefit Survivors of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence

As more people feel compelled to come forward with stories of domestic violence or sexual assault, the Compass Center looks to expand the resources available to victims. This next Tuesday, an event to help raise funds for the Sioux Falls non-profit will get underway. It’s the 10th annual “It’s in the Bag” fundraiser. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, February…

The Compass Center Hopes to Reach More Victims with New Home

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The Compass Center serves more than one thousand sexual assault and domestic violence survivors every year. However, they’ve been limited by space. Now they’re making moves and opening doors to a larger building in hopes of reaching more clients. The ribbon cutting on their new home is a day The Compass Center and its clients have been…

Take Back the Night Event Supports Domestic Violence Victims and Survivors

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — One in four women fall victim to domestic violence. A Sioux Falls survivor is speaking out on the anniversary of her attack hoping to raise awareness. An empowerment walk kicked off Take Back the Night. It’s an event to support those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault. “To take back what’s been taken away from them…

Kavanaugh Hearing Prompts Larger Discussion About Sexual Assault

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The recent accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have prompted larger conversations about sexual assault. Paula Hawks knows what it’s like to have to relive a traumatic time in her life. “It drudges up memories that you thought you had stowed away for the rest of eternity and now you have to bring it back up…

Sioux Falls Man Arrested For Sexual Contact With Child

SIOUX FALLS – A 75-year-old Sioux Falls man is behind bars on charges of sexual contact with a child under 16, stemming from a 2012 incident. The Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office arrested David Ross Hirsch Thursday afternoon. Court documents say the incident happened sometime between June and September 2012 at an in-home daycare run by Hirsch and his wife. The…

Iowa School District Settles Lawsuits Over Students’ Classroom Sex Abuse

MARION, Iowa (AP) – The Marion school district has settled lawsuits filed by three of four families who alleged that their children had been sexually abused by a 15-year-old classroom volunteer. District documents say each family received $600,000 for dropping their lawsuits against the district and the classroom teacher. Court documents say the families filed their dismissal actions in Linn…

USA Gymnastics Doctor Pleads Guilty To Sex Charges

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – A former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor who has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting seven girls says he is “horribly sorry” and that he prays “for forgiveness every day.” Dr. Larry Nassar entered his plea Wednesday in a Michigan courtroom. Some of his accusers attended the packed hearing. Some were crying. Nassar was charged…

Man Accused Of U Of Iowa Campus Sex Assaults Takes Plea Deal

.IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa City man charged with sexually assaulting numerous students and employees on the University of Iowa campus has taken a plea deal. Court records say 34-year-old Adam Weinstein entered an Alford plea Tuesday to assault with intent to commit injury and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse. In an Alford plea, a person…

USD Campus Forum On Sexual Assault Draws Large Crowd

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) – University of South Dakota officials say they’re taking steps to better train staff and students on the proper ways to respond to sexual assaults. The comments came at a Monday forum on campus on sexual assault awareness that drew a near-capacity crowd. It followed the arrests late last month of two USD football players on rape-related…

Compass Center Helping Sexual Assault Victims Speak Out

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – According to court documents the victim in a recent sexual assault case involving USD students told police she was reluctant to report the incident because of potential backlash. Michelle Markgraf at the Compass Center in Sioux Falls says that’s a common feeling among sexual assault survivors. She says that sexual assault often goes undocumented, especially on…

South Dakota Football Players Accused Of Assault Out Of Jail

Dale Williamson Jr., Danny Rambo Jr.VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) – Two University of South Dakota football players accused in a sexual assault have been released from jail on bond. The Clay County Jail says 20-year-old Danny Rambo and 21-year-old Dale Williamson were released Tuesday. Bond had been set at $25,000 for Rambo and $20,000 for Williamson. Rambo is charged with felony…

Two USD Football Players Arrested On Rape Charges

Dale Williamson Jr., Danny Rambo Jr.VERMILLION, S.D. – The names of two University of South Dakota football players involved in a sexual assault investigation have been released. According to The Vermillion Police Department, junior Danny Rambo Jr., 20, has been arrested for second degree rape. Sophomore Dale Williamson Jr., 21, has been arrested for attempted second degree rape. The two…

Alleged Sexual Assault Involving USD Students

We’re learning new details tonight involving an alleged sexual assault involving University of South Dakota students. The USD community is reacting to an alleged off-campus sexual assault involving students. Student body president, Teagan McNary, says students are upset, but still feel safe. “It’s upsetting, and I think it just shows that while we do a lot of training for the…

Alleged Sexual Assault Involving USD Students Under Investigation

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota issued a statement Wednesday night in regards to an alleged sexual assault complaint that they received. They say they received the complaint on Wednesday of an alleged sexual assault involving students at an off-campus location. The university states that they have turned the complaint over to law enforcement and the appropriate university…

Lawsuit Challenges DeVos’ Guidance On Campus Sexual Assault

BOSTON (AP) – A national women’s rights group is challenging Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ new guidance on investigating campus sexual assault. The organization Equal Means Equal and three women who say they were assaulted in college filed a federal lawsuit Thursday in Boston alleging the rules violate civil rights laws. On Sept. 22, DeVos scrapped President Barack Obama-era rules and…

Lawsuits Seek Changes To U. Of Iowa Sexual Assault Policies

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The law firm that won a landmark gender discrimination case against the University of Iowa athletics department will challenge the school’s handling of sexual assault and harassment complaints next. Des Moines-based Newkirk Zwagerman filed two lawsuits Monday seeking changes to how the school responds when female students report assault and harassment. The lawsuits ague that…

Two Mitchell Nurses Will Go Through Training To Treat Rape Victims

MITCHELL, S.D.- According to the Central Dakota Sexual Assault Response Team, the city of Mitchell sees about one to two rape cases a month. Currently victims younger than the age of 15, have to travel out of town to be seen by medical professionals but that will soon change. “Every rape case is a serious case,” says Mitchell Police Department…

Police: Man Arrested On Rape Charges After Sexually Assaulting Teen

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls Police arrested 39-year-old David Counts on rape charges after police say he sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl. Police say the victim and her relatives came to Sioux Falls to visit their mother’s friend on Saturday. She was babysitting at a house near 5th Street and North Menlo Avenue while the adults went out drinking….

Rep. Noem Meets With Agencies About Sexual, Domestic Abuse

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota Representative Kristi Noem stopped in Sioux Falls today to get a gauge on how to curb sexual and domestic assault. Joining her were officials from law enforcement, domestic violence services and Augustana University. The conversation centers around what these agencies see on a daily basis and how well they are handling caseloads. Noem says…