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Iowa Dept. of Education: We don't track rape in schools

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NEW HAMPTON (KWWL) - In the wake of a reported rape at New Hampton High School, officials with the Iowa Department of Education admit they don't track rapes or sexual assaults reported inside public schools.

Officials told KWWL on Friday they track violent behavior that rape or sexual assault would likely fall under, but only when the incident is founded and if a student is suspended or expelled.

A spokesman for the Iowa Department of Education said the state offers federal guidelines and recommendations that school districts can choose to follow.

According to the spokesman, state officials plan to include information about sexual violence from the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in an e-newsletter that will be sent to state school leaders across the state in June.

An OCR summary from 2011 said, "Recent data shows nearly 4,000 reported incidents of sexual battery and over 800 reported rapes and attempted rapes occurring in our nations public high schools ... By the time girls graduate from high school, more than one in ten will have been physically forced to have sexual intercourse in or out of school."

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