AU student reports rape on campus by stranger

AU student reports rape on campus by stranger

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - Auburn University Public Safety is alerting students, faculty and staff after a college student reports she was raped by a stranger on campus.

This week, the student told AU officials she was raped the night of October 7.

A detailed description of the suspect was sent to nearly 50,000 students, faculty and staff in an email alert Monday night.

The student says she was walking at The Quad, a cluster of dorms near the student center, when she was attacked and raped around midnight on Oct. 7.

"We know the person was not known to her and she gave a very vivid description of him which we included in our notice to campus in the hopes someone would know who that individual is and come forward with information about him to police, " said Susan McCallister, AU Associate Director of Public Safety and Information Education.

The student described her attacker as a white male with short blond or light brown curly hair and standing 6'2" with a lean but muscular build.

He has a black dragon tattoo on his left pectoral muscle, with arm sleeve tattoos of marijuana leaves on both forearms. He was wearing red and white pajama pants, a white tank top and Air Jordan's.

The student reported the assault to AU this week after turning to a university employee for help. AU immediately sent out an alert to everyone with an AU email address.

"It's important to let people know what happened and let them know about resources available to them on campus like the night security shuttle they have access to door to door transportation on campus," McCallister said. "There is Safe Harbor a great organization on campus to help victims of this type of crime."

AU is conducting an investigation while providing counseling and support for the student.  Auburn police have been notified, although the student has not yet filed a police report.

McCallister says since 2014, there have been 10 sexual assaults reported on campus. She wants to remind everyone on campus that door to door escorts are available at all times.

Additionally, safety experts encourage everyone to stay in numbers and take a Rape Aggression Defense course, which are offered at Auburn University.

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