Roo News

The Student News Site of University of Missouri - Kansas City

Roo News

Roo News

Around 1 million people were estimated to be in attendance at the parade.
One Dead, Several Injured During Chiefs Parade
Zach Gunter and Jazlyn SummersFebruary 14, 2024

Update:   As of 2:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon, the number of those injured at the Union Station shooting after the Chiefs Super Bowl parade...

UMKCDC regularly updates their practice schedule and have multiple sessions a month.
UMKC Dance Club Prepares for First Performance
Luis Marin, Staff Writer • February 14, 2024

The UMKC Dance Club wants to create a space for judgment-free dancing, one move at a time.      The new organization, also known as UMKCDC,...

The Rainbow Lounge can be found on the second floor of the Student Union.
The Pride Alliance Pushes for an Increase in Members
Manuel Rivera and Brenna OxleyFebruary 13, 2024

  After struggling to gain and keep members last semester, UMKC’s Pride Alliance club outlined their new agenda with plans to increase membership...

Valentines Day can be stressful for students trying to save money, luckily there are options to stay frugal and be fun.
Love on A Budget
Scarlett Gottschalk, Staff Writer • February 7, 2024

  As a college student, spoiling your partner without jeopardizing next week’s groceries on Valentine’s Day can be hard.   Here are...

Members of TAASU at a general body meeting.
UMKC's African American Student Union Brings Community for Students
Amina Shaw, Staff Writer • February 6, 2024

  The African American Student Union (TAASU) works to foster a sense of belonging and empowerment for African American students by providing...

UMKC student speaks out a year after alleged sexual assault


In an earlier version of this story, U-News incorrectly stated that UMKC’s Title iX investigation is still in progress. The investigation has ended. Because the incident occurred off campus, it did not fall under the jurisdiction of the UMKC police department. 

A year after an alleged sexual assault by three UMKC students, Eleonore Fischer is speaking out about her life after the incident and what she did to take action.

The assault allegedly occurred during a party Fischer attended at a friend’s house on the 4900 block of Tracey avenue early last November.

After filing a report with UMKC’s campus police, Fischer tweeted her experience from the party.

Soon after, other girls came forward about their experiences with the same three men.

One of the biggest impacts of the incident was the press that followed.

“Journalists and news anchors found my address and started knocking on my door and leaving cards,” Fischer said. “It was overwhelming. I hated it. I wasn’t allowed any time to heal. Everyone just demanded that I prove myself. They got my phone number, I had 50+ messages from different news stations calling over and over.”

Unaware that the incident would affect her studies, Fischer immediately stopped attending classes.

“I stopped attending school during this time because there was nothing to protect me on campus,” Fischer said. “After the incident, I immediately dyed my hair from a bright pink color I loved to brown so I’d be less recognizable.”

Students all over campus were talking about her, and she said this left her feeling very alone.

“I got to walk around campus feeling the stares, and wondered if it was coming from someone that felt sorry for me because I was damaged, or someone that thought I was a liar,” Fischer recalled. “I didn’t want either option.”

At one point in the evening of the party where Fischer was assaulted, she decided to step outside for fresh air. That’s when she says three men approached her.

“I had to ask one of them twice to stop touching my arm,” Fischer said. “I walked into the kitchen to get away from them and pulled out my phone to text a friend.”

Ignoring her requests to be left alone, she says the three men proceeded to close in on her.

“They immediately followed, I locked my phone so I could be aware of what was happening,” Fischer said. “All three of the guys started undoing their pants and pulling them down, one to his knees, and I tried to get out of the room when they blocked the doorway and pulled me by the arm to keep me in.”

Fischer says she was eventually able to escape the situation by pushing past the two men in front of the door.

“If I had been drinking, I can only imagine that situation would have ended up much differently,” Fisher said.

Now, Fisher is continuing to focus on life outside of school.


[email protected]

Leave a Comment
Donate to Roo News

Your donation will support the student journalists of University of Missouri - Kansas City. Your contribution will allow us to purchase equipment and cover our annual website hosting costs.

More to Discover
Donate to Roo News

Comments (0)

All Roo News Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *