UNR Police looking for information on possible sexual assault

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Updated: 4/08/2014 11:39 pm
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- The University of Nevada Police Services has been investigating, and attempting to substantiate, a report initially made by a third-party on Sunday that a student was sexually assaulted on Tuesday, April 1.

According to the report, the incident happened between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. in the area of 17th & Stadium Way. The reports cites a dark, F-150 Ford 4-door pickup occupied by four male adults.

University Police wanted to remind everyone how to be proactive when protecting yourself against crime. "First of all, if you're out at night, try to walk with another person," said UNR Police Commander Kent Hawthorne. "If your on campus anywhere, don't walk by yourself at night. If you have to, go directly to your destination, be aware of your surroundings, take your ear buds out of your ears, so you don't hear just the music, be aware of what's going on around you."

Anyone having information related to this crime should contact University Police Services at 334-COPS (2677), 745-6195 or 911.

University Police Services also has some tips for protecting yourself:
  • Make personal safety your number one priority. Awareness, Avoidance and Risk Reduction is the best way to not be a victim.
  • Be alert! Look around you; be aware of who is on the street and in the area. Make it difficult for anyone to take you by surprise.
  • Keep your distance from anyone who triggers a suspicion in your mind.
  • Stay alert to your surroundings when walking at night. Walk briskly to your destination.
  • Travel in groups of two or more and always travel in well-lit, heavily traveled areas.
  • Carry a whistle or noise maker. This can serve as a reminder to exercise caution, and can alert someone in the area that you need help.
  • If listening to music, keep the volume low so you can hear what is going on around you.
  • Keep your doors and windows locked at all times. Propping open a locked door or window invites unwanted visitors.
  • Tell someone where you are going and when you will return.
  • If you know you are going to be working late, plan ahead as to how you will get to your vehicle or home safely.
  • Use university services such as Campus Escort or University Police Cadets to get you to your vehicle safely. Campus Escort operates seven days a week during academic semesters from 7 p.m. – 1 a.m. Police Cadets operate Monday through Thursday from 6 p.m. – 12 a.m. during academic semesters.
  • Immediately report any suspicious activity to University Police Services by calling dispatch at 334-COPS (2677), or 911.
  • Finally, sign up for emergency alerts here.
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NVAdvocate - 4/9/2014 9:37 AM
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And maybe instead of blaming victims for not doing things right, you could follow up these reports with in-depth looks at how the UNR police investigate these incidents, if students coming to campus are screened to determine if they have any sexual violence in their back ground, what kind of campus training they have that targets perpetrators, are there any "Unlearning Rape Culture" courses or support groups. That would be a refreshing change.

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