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CRIME ALERT

On Monday, April 22, 2013, a female subject alleged she was sexually assaulted by a white male acquaintance that goes by the name of "Aaron" whom she had met late Saturday night at a local tavern in Edwardsville. Upon leaving the tavern, Aaron followed the victim and her female friend to an apartment in Cougar Village supposedly to make sure they got there safely. Upon arrival at the apartment, Aaron was allowed entry into the apartment. Aaron reportedly sexually assaulted the female victim early Sunday morning, April 21, 2013, in the Cougar Village apartment. At this time the investigation is ongoing.

SUSPECT DESCRIPTION

White male

5'7" to 5'9"

Dark brown and close-cropped hair

Wearing a red ball cap, blue hoodie, and blue jeans

Driving a white Toyota 2 door car

The safety and security of our campus community is very important. You can reduce your risk of becoming a sexual assault victim by:

  • Be assertive. It is your body, and no one has the right to force you to do anything you do not want to do. If you do not want to be touched, say no. If your partner does not respect this, you have the right to leave. Remember: communicate your feelings.
  • Be aware of your level of intoxication. Alcohol and drugs are often related to sexual assault. Alcohol dulls the senses and impairs your ability to assess situations. It may make you oblivious to the increasing danger of a situation, and it may make it harder to gauge your partner's emotions.
  • Use the "buddy system." When you go to a party or some other social event, it is a good idea to plan to leave with your friends. When you choose to leave, make sure you or your friends will not be left alone.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Take note of what is going on around you. If at a party, stay in the "party area" where most people are congregating. Avoid empty rooms or floors.
  • Trust your gut feelings. If you feel that you are in a dangerous situation or that you are being pressured, you are probably right. If you are uncomfortable with someone's behavior or feel threatened, remove yourself from the situation.

If you are the victim of a sexual assault, your first priority is to get to a place of safety. Report the sexual assault to the University Police (650-3324 or 911) or local police if off campus as soon as possible. Time is a critical factor for evidence collection and preservation. The victim of a sexual assault should not shower, use sanitary products, use the restroom, change clothes, or touch anything the suspect may have touched.

A victim of sexual assault should seek medical attention at a hospital and may contact SIUE Counseling Services at 650-2842. Sexual assault victims may also pursue a complaint under SIUE's Sexual Harassment Policy by contacting 650-2332.