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CRIME NOTES: A sexual assault was reported on Pennsylvania ave. near Washington Circle and the GW campus on Tuesday morning; the victim says she left "a bar with an unknown subject," and "the suspect forcibly sexually assaulted her."
So why did students hear about this in the Examiner, instead of a a campus alert? The GW Hatchet reports: "University spokeswoman Michelle Sherrard said the incident was not reported to the GW Police Department and referred to MPD for information." GW finally sent out an alert about the incident at 8 p.m. yesterday evening. Included were four "safety tips": "Please be aware or your surroundings, and call in suspicious individuals and suspicious behavior immediately to The George Washington University Police Department; "Avoid walking alone at night"; "Use 4-Ride or the Colonial Express Shuttle"; "Emergency blue light phones are also available for use throughout campus."
BLUE LIGHT PHONES won't stop sexual assaults, but addressing sexual assailants on campus might:
According to a report in the GW Hatchet, 55 sexual assaults have been reported to GW police since 2002 (including rapes, forcible fondling, forcible sodomy, and sexual assault with an object). Students actually charged in these assaults? 12. Students expelled? Three.
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