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Crime Advisory 10/07/16

CRIME ADVISORY

ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY POLICE

 

October 7, 2016

Campus Crime Advisories are issued to warn of possible dangerous conditions on or near the Illinois State University campus. For a complete listing of Crime Advisories, including full suspect descriptions if available, and the Daily Crime Log of the Illinois State University Police go to the Illinois State University Police website at http://Police.IllinoisState.edu/

 

REPORTED OFFENSE:

On Thursday, October 6th, at approximately 8:47 pm, ISU Police was notified of an alleged sexual assault which occurred at 315 S. Fell St. by a male non-student whom the victim met via social media. During the investigation, police learned the suspect had recorded the interaction and was attempting to extort the victim.  The suspect was located at a nearby address a short time later and arrested.  The suspect is currently in jail pending charges of Sexual Assault, Intimidation, and Non-Consensual Dissemination of Sexual Images.

Illinois State University Police is continuing to investigate this incident. Anyone with additional information about this incident or similar incidents should contact the ISU Police at (309) 438-8631 or isupolice@ilstu.edu.

 

RESOURCES:

Sexual assault is a significant concern at college campuses across the country. Nationwide, it is estimated that 20 percent of women and 6 percent of men experience sexual assault or attempted sexual assault during their time in college. In a study published by the Department of Justice, 82 percent of the victims were raped by someone they knew, and 18 percent were raped by a stranger.

If you have experienced an incident of sexual assault/misconduct, dating/domestic violence, or stalking, you are encouraged to get help regardless of when the incident occurred. Students are encouraged to contact Student Affairs Title IX to request any services, protective measures, or interim measures needed.

Confidential Advisors are available through Student Counseling Services.  Confidential Advisors provide emergency and ongoing support to survivors of sexual violence. Confidential Advisors are staff specially trained to respond to students, explain their rights and options, and liase with necessary campus authorities as requested by the student.

 

CRIME PREVENTION TIPS:

– If you notice a situation that seems unsafe for another person, intervene if it’s safe to do so or call for assistance.

– While it is always the victim’s decision to report crime to the police, reporting is one of the most effective tools we have to prevent crime in the future. For more information about reporting rape, please visit http://titleix.illinoisstate.edu/ .

-Be respectful of yourself and others. Make sure that any sexual act is OK with your partner, and remember that consent is an active process, not the absence of “no.” Don’t assume you know what another person wants.

-Don’t feel obligated to do anything you don’t want to do. “I don’t want to” is always a good enough reason.

-Although you can never completely protect yourself from becoming a victim of any crime, you can reduce your risk of being targeted by walking in groups, avoiding isolated or dark areas, and trusting your instincts. If a situation doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.

-The only person responsible for sexual misconduct is the perpetrator. University policy prohibits sexual misconduct, including sexual assault, which means sexual activity without the knowing consent of each person. Someone incapacitated due to the use or influence of alcohol or drugs cannot consent to sexual activity.

-Call police immediately if you observe suspicious activity.

It’s on all of us to stop sexual assault. If it is safe to do so, we have the responsibility to intervene in situations that seem unsafe for others. If you cannot intervene, call for help. The University encourages students to take appropriate action to protect others’ safety by reducing students’ fear of legal or disciplinary consequences to the victim or themselves.

This Crime Advisory is issued in compliance with the Timely Notice provisions of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, a federal statute governing the reporting and disclosure of crimes on college campuses.

For a complete listing of Crime Advisories, including full suspect descriptions if available, and the Daily Crime Log of Illinois State University Police go to the Illinois State University Police website http://Police.IllinoisState.edu