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TIMELY WARNING: RAPE

Posted on Sunday, August 13th, 2017 by University Police under Archived.

This is a UNCG timely warning of a crime on or near the campus. We are sending this message in order for you:

  • To protect yourself  and others in our community
  • To notify you that there may be a threat to the campus
  • To help us with the investigation of possible crimes

Case #: 1708-005548

Date Occurred: 08/12/2017, Date Reported: 08/12/2017

Incident: Rape (As defined by the Clery Act, "The penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.")

Location: Residence Hall

Suspect: Thin white male wearing dark colored basketball shorts, red shirt, sandy blonde hair, and a facial piercing (possibly the lip). Last known to be leaving campus.

Summary: On 08/12/2017 at approximately 11:00 pm, a female UNCG student reported that at approximately 8:00 pm on 08/12/2017, she met with the above-described non-student suspect inside of her residence hall after exchanging information on social media. During their time in the residence hall, the encounter became non-consensual and the victim was raped by the suspect. Anyone with information about this incident or any crime should contact the UNCG Police Department.

Safety Information and Protective Steps

Someone incapacitated due to alcohol or drugs cannot consent to sexual activity. This is reflected in university policy. A university student or employee in violation of sexual misconduct policies faces sanctions up to and including expulsion or termination.

It is estimated that in the United States one out of six women and one in thirty-three men have been the victim of rape or attempted rape (https://rainn.org/get-information/statistics/sexual-assault-victims). Data further reveals that nearly 50 percent of transgender people experience sexual violence (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1359178909000202). No matter the demographic, the most common type of sexual assault is not committed by a stranger, but by someone known to the victim.

Although sexual assault is always the full responsibility of the perpetrator, students are encouraged to take precautions to enhance their safety.

If you feel uneasy about a situation, trust your instincts and attempt to interrupt the chain of events. Create a distraction and involve others. Make a commitment to ensure everyone has a safe way home. Others can help too by being an active bystander. Being an active bystander does not require you put yourself at risk. We encourage you to learn more about the university’s bystander intervention program by visiting http://shs.uncg.edu/brave.

We strongly encourage victims to seek medical attention immediately, even if there are no obvious physical injuries. Receiving a sexual assault examination is free and conducted by a specially trained nurse at Wesley Long or Moses Cone Hospital. An examination does not obligate someone to any kind of investigation; however, it allows evidence to be collected and preserved in the event you choose to authorize a criminal investigation at a later time. More information on this process can be found at http://www.conehealth.com/services/sexual-assault/.

In addition to seeking medical attention, there are other options for self-care after an assault, including contacting a confidential victim advocate (24/7 support at tel: 336-273-7273). More information about this and other options may be obtained from the following websites:

  • http://sa.uncg.edu/dean/sexual-misconduct/
  • http://shs.uncg.edu/wellness/sexual-violence-campus-advocacy-svca
  • https://rainn.org/get-information/sexual-assault-prevention

Reporting Avenues

  • UNCG Police Department: 336-334-5963, 1200 W. Gate City Blvd., http://police.uncg.edu
  • LiveSafe mobile app: livesafe.uncg.edu
  • Murphie Chappell, Title IX Coordinator: (336) 256-0362, mechappe@uncg.edu

This information is being released in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. The Clery Act requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses, including timely warnings of crimes that may represent a threat to the safety of students or employees.