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Sexual assault reported on Auburn University campus

An emergency contact beacon outside Mary Martin on the campus of Auburn University. (File Photo: WSFA 12 News) An emergency contact beacon outside Mary Martin on the campus of Auburn University. (File Photo: WSFA 12 News)

The Auburn Police Department is investigating a possible sexual assault on the campus of Auburn University.

Details regarding the investigation remain limited, but the city police department opened an investigation after learning of the incident from a sexual assault advocacy group late Sunday afternoon. A police report was also filed.

Authorities say the victim does not remember a significant portion of the night from late Friday until early Saturday and was possibly the victim of a date rape.

Investigators say alcohol was involved and the victim did not know the perpetrator.

Auburn University officials are reminding students to be cautious for their safety.

General Safety Tips & Information

Anyone with information about this or any other crime is strongly encouraged to immediately report it to Auburn Police - Emergency: 911; non-emergency: 334-501-3100.

Giving someone a drug without their knowledge or permission and sexual assault are both felonies.

Consent is important for any sexual activity, and requires a clear and sober "yes" from all parties involved.

Individuals who are passed out, unconscious or incapacitated because of drugs, alcohol, or any other reason cannot consent to sexual activity.

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.

Attention is being brought to sexual assaults on campuses at the national level. The White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault issued its first report in April 2014, which provides recommendations for improving response to sexual assault and reducing its prevalence.

Sexual assault is underreported.  One study on campus sexual assault, cited in the White House report, indicated that only 2% of incapacitated sexual assault survivors and 13% of forcible rape survivors report the crime to campus or local law enforcement.

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

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