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Sexual assault reported on campus

| Sunday, September 21, 2014

Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) emailed students Friday evening alerting them to a report of sexual assault that occurred early in the morning of Sept. 13.

The reported assault took place in a women’s residence hall in the northeast area of campus, and the report was made to a University administrator, the email stated.

The email quoted “du Lac: A Guide to Student Life,” Notre Dame’s official policy book, and warned students of the risks of sexual assault as well as the standards of consent.

“Sexual assault can happen to anyone,” the email stated. “Anyone initiating any kind of sexual contact with another person must seek consent and not engage in sexual contact unless consent is given.

Students should maintain caution and awareness of their surroundings to avoid risks, the email stated.

“On college campuses, perpetrators are more likely to assault an acquaintance than a stranger. 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.

“The perpetrator, not the survivor, is responsible for any instance of sexual assault. Nothing a survivor does or does not do is an excuse for sexual assault.”

Student Government will hold a prayer service Monday at the Grotto at 5:15 p.m. in response to the crime alert, student body vice president Matthew Devine said.

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