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NDSP investigates forced fondling

Observer Staff Report | Tuesday, April 23, 2013


Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) is investigating a report of forcible fondling made on Sunday, according to an email alert sent to students Monday.


The incident occurred late Friday evening in a residence hall room during a social gathering, the email stated, and the complainant knows the accused. 


Forcible fondling is defined in the email as “the touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, forcibly and/or against that person’s will; or, not forcibly or against that person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her youth or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental incapacity.” 


The definition is legally established by federal law, cited in the email as the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics, or the Clery Act. The applicable Indiana Code for this event is sexual battery, according to the email. 


“Forcible fondling … and other sexual assaults can happen to anyone,” the email stated. “Being aware of your own safety and watching out for your friends are important steps you can take to reduce the risk of sexual assault.”


NDSP and the Committee for Sexual Assault Prevention website provide Information about sexual assault prevention and resources for survivors of sexual assaule. To report a crime in progress, suspicious activity or another emergency, dial 911 from any campus phone or 574-631-5555 from a cell phone.