KSU student arrested after alleged dorm room rape

KSU student arrested after alleged dorm room rape

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Cobb County Sheriff’s Office
Benjamin Wainscott
  • Story Highlights
  • A KSU student is accused of rape.
  • The woman alleging rape was not a student.
  • Benjamin Wainscott is in jail without bond.

A Kennesaw State University student is accused of raping a woman in a dorm, police said.

Campus police arrested Benjamin Wainscott Thursday after a 20-year-old alleged he raped her during a date, according to an arrest warrant obtained by Channel 2 Action News.

The victim was not a KSU student, the university said.

Students weren't notified of the most recent incident because "law enforcement officials determined that the suspect was not a threat to campus,"a university spokesperson told Channel 2.

Police said Wainscott confessed to the charge, and he is being held in the Cobb County jail without bond.

KSU offers victim services and rape aggression defense, but some students said they want to know what's happening in their dorms.

"You should tell us whether it was random or not," a student who asked not to be named told Channel 2.

Now, students express their feelings and fears.

"This girl was on a date and you don't think that's going to happen on a date, but it did," student Olivia Mullis told Channel 2.

Five rapes have been reported on campus since August, Channel 2 reported. Monthly crime logs show six reported campus rapes during the same time period last year.

"You hear it and you see it,” Mullis said. “It's happened to me. It's happened to everybody."

Student Alexis Gill told the news station the statistics and reports remind her to stay vigilant.

"It makes me aware of my surroundings,” Gill said. “I pay attention to everything and every detail."

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