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NDSP investigates assault

Observer Staff Report | Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) is investigating a sexual battery reported to campus police Saturday, according to an email sent to students Saturday afternoon.

The reported sexual battery was committed by an acquaintance in a campus residence hall in the early morning hours on Saturday, the email stated.

Officer Phillip Johnson, director of NDSP, said that according to Indiana state law a person is guilty of sexual battery when that individual touches another person against that person’s will to arouse his or her own sexual desire.

The victim of sexual battery is then compelled to submit to the touching by force or the imminent threat of force, or is not in a mental state to give consent, according to state law.

Information about sexual assault prevention and resources for survivors of sexual assault are available from NDSP at ndsp.nd.edu and at the Office of Student Affairs’ website osa.nd.edu/health-safety/assault/