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Police vehicles are parked along University Avenue after responding to reports of shots being fired on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022, in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Jack Weaver | Staff

As Lexington grows, so does its crime

Shelby Helton, Reporter October 19, 2022

Growing up in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, was more or less like any other small town across the country: you have your Walmart and Kroger, a couple of Dollar Stores, your typical fast food chain restaurants,...

Pages from the Harwood file detailing the Kernel Press v. University of Kentucky lawsuit. Some information has been redacted by UK.

A story six years in the making

Sarah Michels August 26, 2021

After an investigation found sufficient evidence to corroborate multiple sexual harassment allegations against former UK professor James Harwood, he was able to effectively retire from the university with...

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Sexual assault reported on campus, says UKPD

Natalie Parks December 6, 2019

Another incident of sexual assault has occurred on campus, said a crime bulletin released by UKPD on Friday afternoon.In an email to students, UKPD said a rape occurred in a residence hall in the early...

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Two more campus sexual assaults added to semester’s tally, UKPD reports

Sydney Momeyer November 21, 2019

Two more instances of sexual assault have occurred on UK's campus during the month of November, according to a Thursday UK Crime Bulletin.The first incident occurred on Nov. 2. A female was assaulted inside...

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Suspension not enough for judge who suggested rape victim close her legs

April 8, 2019

If you follow any news media sites on social media, it’s unlikely that you missed the recent headlines about a judge who suggested to an alleged rape victim that she should have closed her legs to prevent...

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Support SB 97: It supports victims.

Sarah Ladd February 17, 2019

WKYT reported on Feb. 6 that a new bill, called SB 97, would allow victims of rape to track the progress of their rape kits. The bill is co-sponsored by Senator Whitney Westerfield of Hopkinsville and...

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Rape, sodomy charges against UK student dropped by grand jury

Kernel News Staff December 7, 2018

Rape and sodomy charges against UK student Patrick Melton Jr. have been dismissed by a Fayette County grand jury, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.Melton, 22, was accused of sexually assaulting...

Rachel Denhollander, one of the first to report Larry Nassar and now a victims rights adovocate, speaks to UK students at the Christian Student Fellowship building in Lexington, Ky., on Nov. 8, 2018. Photo by Sydney Momeyer | Staff

#MeToo pioneer, victims’ advocate speaks to UK students at CSF

Sydney Momeyer November 9, 2018

One confession led to thousands, and a movement was started.One of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2018 came to UK this week for a Q & A, and she also happens to be known universally...

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Avoiding a ‘guilty until proven innocent’ mentality in sexual assault cases

October 22, 2018

John Steinbeck had the dust bowl, Mark Twain had slavery, Ernest Hemingway had a war, and today’s writers have sexual assault.It’s a challenging time to be a journalist, a woman and a caring citizen....

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Commending Ohio University fraternities for standing up for sexual assault victims

September 27, 2018

On Sept. 12, the Ohio University Interfraternity Council, a group that has represented fraternities at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, since 1841, according to their Twitter, tweeted images of fraternity...

Patrick Melton, courtesy of WKYT.

UK student pleads not guilty to rape, sodomy; lawyer hopes student can continue studying at UK

Rick Childress August 29, 2018

A 21-year-old UK student was arrested on Tuesday by Lexington Police and charged in Fayette County with rape and sodomy.Patrick Melton Jr. pled not guilty to both charges during his first court appearance...


Survivor’s lawyer criticizes Tubman return

Kat Manouchehri November 20, 2016

Former UK football player Lloyd Tubman retook the field at Commonwealth Stadium Saturday afternoon as a defensive end for the Austin Peay Governors. Tubman left the university as a result of continued...

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