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Sexual assault reported

Observer Staff Report | Monday, September 23, 2013


Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) is investigating a sexual assault reported Saturday, according to an email sent to students the same evening.

The reported sexual assault occurred in a North Quad men’s residence hall late Friday, police said. The assault was committed by an acquaintance of the victim.

In the email, police warned students of the risk of sexual assault.

“Sexual assault can happen to anyone,” the email stated. “College students are more likely to be assaulted by an acquaintance than a stranger. This means that the person perpetrating the assault could be part of the campus community.

“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.”

Information about sexual assault prevention and resources for survivors of sexual assault are available online from NDSP and from the Committee for Sexual Assault Prevention.

Following the email from NDSP, student body vice president Nancy Joyce sent an email to students inviting them to gather at the Grotto on Sunday evening “to pray for the healing of our Notre Dame family.”