Purdue police continue investigation into reported sexual assault

September 25, 2015  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University police are continuing to investigate a sexual assault that was reported to have occurred during the early-morning hours of Friday (Sept. 25).

The incident, which took place in the 600 block of North University Street, was reported to Purdue police shortly after 3 a.m. Police have identified a suspect, and the matter will be referred to the Tippecanoe County prosecutor's office for review when the investigation is completed. According to police, both individuals are Purdue students.

Purdue police want to remind the campus community of the following safety information:

* Trust your instincts. If you feel unsafe, get to a safe place and call for help.

* Walk with confidence and stay alert. Show that you're aware and in control. Body language works to your advantage.

* Don't be distracted with loud headphones.

* Consider using the SAFE walk program, available by calling 494-SAFE (7233), for a walking escort.

* Be mindful of the campus locations of the blue light Emergency Telephones (ETS) and use them if you feel threatened.

* If you feel uneasy about a situation, trust your instincts and attempt to interrupt the chain of events.

* Create a distraction and involve others.

* Avoid secluded places where you could vulnerable.

* Use the buddy system and watch out for each other.

Resources are available on and off campus to provide assistance at http://www.purdue.edu/sexual_assault/

Writer: Jim Bush, 765-494-2077, jsbush@purdue.edu 

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