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5 NEWS UPDATE: Students React To Reported Sexual Assault On WVU Campus
Written by Andrew Forgotch
Last updated on August 23, 2013 @ 12:17AM
Created on August 22, 2013 @ 2:14PM
5 NEWS UPDATE (6 p.m.):

"Its's scary to know that stuff like that goes on, because what if it happens to me," asked West Virginia University freshman Olivia Facemire.

That was her reaction when 5 News told her someone had been reportedly been sexually assaulted by a student earlier this week in Summit Hall.

"I never thought that this could happen before, but it has," she said.

The most recent report was the second one this week on campus.

On Monday a 21-year-old woman told police she was assaulted by two men near the University's student union. However, police never found anything to indicate that assault took place.

Facemire told 5 News on Thursday that she carries around mace to scare away any potential attackers.

"I feel safer than if i didn't have anything at all," she said.

According to police the most recent attack happened after a woman started talking to her reported attacker on social media and then met at the dorm.

"One of the things we want people to understand is that you shouldn't go out and meet someone in their room," WVU Police Chief, Bob Roberts said. "Go to a public place."

Roberts told 5 News that if that tip isn't followed it usually leads to problems. He advised it's also a good idea that people let their friends know where you're going. That way if something goes wrong police have a solid place to start their investigation.

"A lot of times what happens in these kind of situations is that someone will meet someone and they'll leave and the friends don't know where they're at," he said. "That makes it difficult for us to follow up on."

Roberts also passed along the following tips:

  • Meet in a public place
  • Don’t accept a ride
  • Tell a friend of family member you’re going
  • Keep your cell phone with you at all times
  • Don’t get intoxicated and don’t accept drinks that you don’t see poured
  • Be aware of your body language and behavior
  • Leave or get help if you feel you need to
  • Always trust your instincts
  • If all goes well then repeat the process until you really know the other person
WVU Police are investigating a reported sexual assault case. 
The incident was said to have happened in Summit Hall, a residence on campus. The suspect, a WVU student, has been identified. 
The victim is not a student at the school. 
Stay with 5 News for any further updates on this case.

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