VCU student reports on-campus sexual assault

Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Credit: WWBT NBC12
Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Credit: WWBT NBC12

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) — The VCU Police Department says a student was the victim of a sexual assault at an on-campus housing facility on Thursday.

In an alert to the VCU community, police said the victim knows the person who assaulted her.

In the alert, police are reminding students to “always seek verbal, sober, clear consent.”

This assault is at least the fifth reported incident since VCU students returned to campus last month, which includes a sexual battery report on Saturday.

“Having any number of assaults is never good, and we don’t want any of our students to face that situation,” said Dr. Reuban Rodriguez, VCU’s Associate Vice Provost and Dean of Student Affairs, in August.

Rodriguez says he’s well aware of the time commonly known as the “red zone.” Studies show students are most at risk of sexual assault during the first six weeks of the school year. He says VCU tries to combat this by educating student early and often, with prevention programs during new student orientation and annual mandatory online seminars for all students.

“That they know how to protect themselves, how to be aware of their surroundings, and how The university can assist them in that regard,” said Rodriguez.

According to VCU Police, there were 32 reported assaults last academic year.

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