3 Sexual Assaults Occur 3 Weeks Apart at Miami U.

OXFORD, Ohio
Published: February 21, 2010

In a span of three weeks, three women at Miami University have reported being raped or sexually assault, and it’s causing local police and university officials to warn students to be aware of their surroundings.

In the first two incidents, occurring on Jan. 26 and Feb. 3, the women sought medical attention at a local hospital for suspected rape. The third victim, who reported the incident to police, was attacked Feb. 5 in a dorm room by a man that she knew.

In each of the unrelated cases, the women did not want to pursue a criminal investigation, reports the Dayton Daily News. In one of the cases, alcohol was involved.

During their college career, one in four women will be raped or will be a victim of attempted rape, according to the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Of those, nearly half of the victims will not tell anyone about the assault.

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Additionally, the AAUW reports that 90 percent of college women who are victims of rape or sexual assault know their attacker. Alcohol is a main factor in 75 percent of sexual assaults of college students, the group says.

Since the incidents, university officials have upped security measures, requiring male visitors to be escorted in dorm areas for women.

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