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Details nebulous about ETSU campus sexual assault report

Johnson City Press • Updated Nov 22, 2017 at 5:57 PM

An East Tennessee State University student told campus police Tuesday she was sexually assaulted in a campus parking lot earlier this semester, promoting leaders to issue a safety notice on Wednesday.

The woman reported that on a date between Sept. 6 and Oct. 15 — exact date unknown — she arrived at her vehicle between midnight and 1 a.m. and was retrieving her keys when an unidentified person approached her from behind, pushed her to the ground and sexually assaulted her.

She could provide no description, ETSU officials said in a news release.

In the alert sent to students and others on campus Wednesday, ETSU offered some safety tips:

• Familiarize yourself with campus emergency phones in case you have to use one.

• In the event of an attack: Get to a safe place; contact law enforcement immediately; and preserve any evidence.

• Alcohol and other drugs are often used to create vulnerability to sexual assault. Studies have shown a high correlation between acquaintance/non stranger rape and the use

of alcohol and other drugs. If the use of alcohol or other drugs is being encouraged, be aware and alert.

• Learn more about University resources, many of which can be found at:

http://www.etsu.edu/violencefree

http://www.etsu.edu/safety

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