Courts & Crime

In Kansas, far more men kill women than the reverse

When the body of 14-year-old Alicia DeBolt was found near Great Bend last week, it apparently marked another in a series of high-profile cases involving young women who have died violently at the hands of men.

Crime statistics show that young women in Kansas are far more likely than men to be murdered by a member of the opposite sex.

Several of the recent high-profile cases prompted new state laws that were designed to make the state safer.

But Kathy Williams, director of the Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center, said the new laws and all the precautions in the world can't ensure complete safety.

"Perpetrators always look for opportunities," she said.

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