STATEMENT FROM AMERICAN UNIVERSITY
December 11, 2014 at 5:30 PM
A student at American University reported to a Public Safety officer on December 10 that she was raped. The forcible sex offense allegedly occurred in a residence hall room. The victim and suspect know each other.
When the assault was reported, AU Public Safety alerted Metropolitan Police Department and an investigation commenced immediately. Questions about the investigation should be directed to MPD.
We have reached out to the victim to advise her of available support, resources and information. To protect her identity, we will not share further details about the specific incident at this time, but we can provide information about the resources available and process that must be followed as required by law and policy:
Sexual Violence Resources:
Sexual Assault Reporting Procedures:
The problem of sexual assault is a challenge in many environments, especially on college campuses. The university has ramped up education and prevention measures with increased resources, staffing and training. A summary of recent enhancements is available at: http://www.american.edu/standwithau/
Even one sexual assault is one too many. We are determined to keep working on the issue. We are redoubling our efforts to remind students to seek and obtain consent for sexual activity, to take measures that ensure safety, to encourage bystanders to intervene when possible, and to be aware of the consequences for those found responsible for sexual assault.
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