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Campus Police Step Up Patrol Following 5 Sexual Attacks

Associated Press

November 12, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Police on Indiana University’s main campus have increased patrols and are offering women free self-defense classes after the fifth reported sexual assault since students returned in August.

A 19-year-old student told police that she was jogging near McNutt Quad residence hall when a man grabbed her from behind, pulled her into a grassy area, and raped her Friday night.

No arrests have been made in any of the cases. Police have suspects in two of them, but in two others, the victims are not cooperating with the investigation, possibly fearing retribution from the suspects.

“I think a lot of people are scared. I think girls are more scared, obviously, because you do not have control over it,” student Haley Gillman told WTHR-TV.

In each of the five cases, the victims were nowhere near an emergency call box.

IU Police Chief Keith Cash said he his force had increased patrols.

“There are other things we are doing, but we don’t report them,” Cash told the station.

The Bloomington campus had eight reports of forcible sexual offenses in 2007 and five in 2008, but that number increased to 21 in 2009, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Complete campus crime data for 2010 to date was not available.

“The largest part of the iceberg are those that go completely unreported, or students that don’t seek any type of help whatsoever,” Nancy Stockton, director of the IU Counseling Center and sexual assault hotline, told The Herald-Times.

IU campus police officers have teamed up with Bloomington police to offer self-defense classes called RAD, or Rape Aggression Defense, a self-defense program that’s popular on college campuses across the country.

“These types of incidents can happen anywhere,” IU police Sgt. Leslie Slone told WRTV. “Whether it’s a city, college campus, or rural area, it can happen anywhere, and awareness is your best friend.”


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    HEYSARGE

    almost 4 years ago

    16726 Comments

    Find the POS........

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    sat233238

    almost 4 years ago

    648 Comments

    when you catch him dot the 'Is' and cross your 'Ts' so he doesnt walk on a techincality...or put him in a locked room with all the victims' dads for 10 minutes.....

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    delano388

    almost 4 years ago

    4314 Comments

    Catch that POS

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    rsironron

    almost 4 years ago

    5220 Comments

    This sick POS needs caught and caught fast, then he needs to have justice served on him.

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    Irishcop1961

    almost 4 years ago

    51110 Comments

    Get this POS and fast.

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    DALLASCRANE

    almost 4 years ago

    19382 Comments

    Another reason to Carry On Campus.

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    Collegecop_WA

    almost 4 years ago

    2380 Comments

    "This lowlife needs to be caught soon or meet up with the wrong woman who is armed and puts him down."

    Highly unlikely as most university campuses are "gun free zones" by policy - perfect place for predators like this to troll for victims, knowing most students will not risk getting kicked out of school for carrying a gun for protection.

    I hope they catch this bastard soon...

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    darsavmo

    almost 4 years ago

    11362 Comments

    Hope they catch the pervert soon before some innocent victim gets killed. What a sick POS...

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    rhood

    almost 4 years ago

    23592 Comments

    This lowlife needs to be caught soon or meet up with the wrong woman who is armed and puts him down.

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