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TIMELY WARNING: Sexual Assault

Posted on Thursday, July 13th, 2017 by University Police under Archived, Timely Warnings.

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 #: 1707-004838

Date Occurred07/13/2017Date Reported07/13/2017

IncidentRape (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: McIver Administrative and Academic Building

SuspectMale with dark black skin, between 20 and 30 years old, approximately 5'11" tall, medium build. wearing a red t-shirt with unknown logo on the front, long denim shorts, and white tennis shoes.

Summary: At approximately 5:30 p.m. a female UNCG student reported that at approximately 12:00 p.m. she was forced into a bathroom in the McIver Administrative and Academic Building by the above-described suspect and forced to perform oral sex.

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.