Reported sex assaults up at UW in 2013

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Laramie, WY (AP) - University of Wyoming Police Chief Mike Samp says his department received 15 reports of sexual assault last year.

That is up from just five in 2012 and seven in 2011.

Samp told the UW Board of Trustees on Thursday that he attributes the increase to UW's efforts to encourage reporting of sexual misconduct.

He says he expects such reports to continue to increase.

Samp noted that UW has increased its sexual assault education and support for students as well as prevention efforts.

Megan Selheim is coordinator of UW's STOP Violence Program, which provides support and information on sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking.

She says the number of students seeking services through the program has more than doubled over the last few years.

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