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Another sexual assault reported

BY REBECCA MORIN | FEBRUARY 20, 2014 5:00 AM

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The seventh sexual assault for this academic school year was reported this week.

University of Iowa officials received a report Tuesday of a student being sexually assaulted last month near the Art Building.

The student was reportedly walking along the west riverbank on Jan. 27 at about 9:30 p.m., near the railroad tunnel by the Art Building. The student was approached by three unknown college age males and was then sexually assaulted.

This is the sixth sexual assault to happen on campus. Four sexual assaults were reported last semester, with three on campus, and of those, two occurred in residence halls.

UI President Sally Mason told The Daily Iowan that although she knows sexual assaults happen, she wants students to stay educated to be more proactive during these incidents.

“I’m not pleased that we have sexual assaults, obviously,” Mason said. “The goal would be to end that, to never have another sexual assault. That’s probably not a realistic goal just given human nature, and that’s unfortunate, but the more we understand about it, the better we are at trying to handle it and help people get through these difficult situations … to get away from that kind of mindset and to get a more educational, proactive mindset to help people understand when they might be at risk …”

Last academic school year, there were two sexual assaults reported. With the rise of reports, Mason said educating students on the resources available is important to continue seeing positive results.

“I think that’s a key thing and a key point that we need to keep in mind is that more people are coming forward and telling us about it now,” said UI President Sally Mason. “… You have to know more about it, we have to understand it, and I think what we’re seeing now is more people being willing to come forward and tell us when something bad happens.”


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