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UC Safety Alert: Aug. 20, 2019

Aug. 20, 2019

Dear UC Community,

Please be aware that UCPD is investigating a sexual imposition incident that is reported to have occurred on Aug. 19, 2019, at around 11:15 p.m. outside of French Hall. The suspect is described as a white male between the age of 19 and 21, with brown hair down to his ears, and glasses. He is also described as being about 6 feet tall, and was wearing a black shirt with a UC logo and shorts, and carrying a drawstring bag.

The victim and suspect are not known to one another. The victim asked to borrow his phone, and while using his phone the suspect came up behind her and groped her.

Sexual assault includes sexual conduct or contact, as well as other activity of a sexual nature, without the consent of the other person or when knowing the other person is unable to consent.  Sexual assault can range from voyeurism and public indecency to sexual imposition and rape.  Consent is informed, freely given, mutual and can be withdrawn at any time. For more information on consent, please go to http://www.uc.edu/titleix/policies-definitions.html.

If you or someone you know is a victim of a gender-based or sexual assault crime and do not want to file a police report, you can make a report with Title IX at http://www.uc.edu/titleix.html. For campus and community gender-based and sexual assault support services, visit www.uc.edu/safe.

Important Safety Tips:

Responsibility for sexual imposition and assault lies with the perpetrators, not the survivor.  Most offenders assault someone they know.  No one deserves, asks for, or provokes sexual imposition or assault.  The following suggestions may help reduce the possibility of experiencing such a crime, or may improve opportunities to receive prompt assistance.

  • If you see something, say something.  It’s on all of us to keep campus safe. Visit https://www.uc.edu/campus-life/wellness/topic-areas/by-stander.html for more information on Bystander Intervention training. 
  • If you observe suspicious activity, or are a victim of a crime, call 911. 
  • Trust your instincts.  If you feel unsafe, get to a safe place and call for help.
  • NightRide is a free evening shuttle, call 513-556-RIDE.
  • Download the Bearcat Guardian app for additional resources.  The app is available for free on the App Store or Google Play.  Search “Rave Guardian.”

In a non-emergency situation you can reach UCPD at 513-556-1111 or Cincinnati Police at 513-765-1212.  For more information about UC’s safety resources, including the Bearcat Guardian app, visit www.uc.edu/publicsafety.

James L. Whalen
Director of Public Safety