NDPD informs community of rape reported on campus
Observer Staff Report | Monday, September 13, 2021
The Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) has reported an incident of rape on campus that occurred the evening of Sept. 9, according to an email from the Notre Dame Police Department (NDPD) to the University community Monday.
The email said the male victim, a student, had exchanged messages with the male suspect on a dating app before they met in a parking lot on the east side of campus. The email said there is no additional suspect information available at the moment and the OIE continues to investigate.
The email stressed the importance of safety and awareness and said instances of sexual assault can happen to anyone and are never the survivor’s fault. It also stated that intoxication is not an excuse for failure to obtain consent.
“On college campuses, perpetrators are more likely to assault an acquaintance than a stranger,” the email said. “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.”
In addition, NDPD recommended meeting in public spaces when using dating apps and telling friends and family about plans to meet up with someone.
“Arrange your own transportation and if you are feeling uncomfortable for any reason, leave,” the email said.