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Auburn University issues warning about sexual assaults

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AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn University Department of Public Safety and Security sent out a warning to students Tuesday night about sexual assaults.

The warning included an incident where a victim reported that she consumed a non-alcoholic beverage at party in a university residence hall late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, and does not remember the events afterward.

Auburn University asks anyone with knowledge of this or any other crime to report it to Auburn Police (911 – emergency; 334-501-3100 – non-emergency).

The Department of Public Safety also want students to be aware of the following:

• Sexual assault and giving someone a drug without their knowledge or permission are both felonies.

• This case demonstrates that individuals must pay close attention to their food and drink intake at parties or events. Do not leave your food/drinks unattended or accept food/drinks from unknown individuals.

• Someone who is passed out, unconscious or incapacitated because of drugs, alcohol, or any other reason is unable to give consent. Forcing sexual contact on another person without consent is against the law. Being drunk does not mean a person is asking to have sex or be raped.

• It is a myth that it can’t happen to you. All individuals are potential rape victims, regardless of age, race, class, religion, occupation, sexual orientation, gender identity, educational background, or physical description. Both males and females can be rape victims. Rape is never the victim's fault.

Auburn University Public Safety & Security is working closely with Auburn Police Division and the Division of Student Affairs to determine additional actions that can be taken to reduce the chance of similar incidents.

The warning also included additional resources on and off campus:

Safe Harbor – Sexual assault survivor advocates (on campus; Monday through Friday, 7:45-4:45) – 334-844-7233

Rape Counselors of East Alabama – Sexual assault survivor advocates (community; 24/7) – 334-705-0510

David Hurst

David Hurst, a graduate of the Univ. of Georgia, is News 3's nightside reporter.

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