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Alleged rape occurs around St. Joe Lake

Heather VanHoegarden | Tuesday, September 13, 2005

An alleged rape was reported on Notre Dame’s campus early Thursday morning, but did not involve individuals who are members of the Notre Dame/Saint Mary’s community, NDSP director Rex Rakow said.

Two people from the community surrounding the University were walking around St. Joseph’s Lake between 3 and 4 a.m. Sept. 8 when it was alleged that non-consensual sex took place near the boathouse, Rakow said.

“Two people [known to each other] from town came in and walked around the lake … and forceful sex occurred,” Rakow said.

Rakow said the female alleged victim was found in a car on Grape Road by the Mishawaka Police and taken to the hospital. When the police realized the incident took place at Notre Dame, they contacted NDSP at 5:15 a.m., according to the NDSP crime blotter.

Rakow said NDSP is handling the case and consulting with the St. Joseph County Special Victims Unit. No arrests had been made as of Monday, according to Rakow, who said cases such as this take time to process.

He also asserted that the Notre Dame/Saint Mary’s community should understand that this was an isolated incident.

“This was two people that knew each other,” he said. “Nobody jumped out of the bushes, nobody attacked anybody. These were two people that were walking around the lake. They stopped and there was non-consensual sex.”