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Sexual Assault at Boston University Highlights Growing Problem

According to police, at some point between 2:00 and 2:50 am, a man entered a female Boston University student’s dorm room and sexually assaulted her. The unknown man appeared to be of college age, had brown hair and a medium build, and was between 5’8” and 5’10” tall.

The unknown man, who the victim described as wearing a dark-colored button down shirt with a down vest, fled the StuVi 2 dorm immediately following the alleged assault. Police have not said whether they have identified a suspect. However, according to BU Sergeant Larry Cuzzi, the incident is currently under investigation. In the meantime, they are suggesting that students keep their residences locked and secure, and requesting that any suspicious activity be reported to police. Contact Boston Injury Lawyers.

Nearly 25% of Female Students Report Sexual Assault on Campus

The incident, which occurred in a dorm at 33 Harry Agganis Way, is a surprisingly common occurrence at Boston University. According to a university survey conducted last spring and published this fall, nearly one-quarter of female students – 23 percent – reported being sexually assaulted while on campus. Even more disturbing is the fact that these statistics are not unique to BU. In fact, nationwide reports of anonymous surveys across thousands of college campuses show statistics that are almost identical. In the United States alone, one out of every four female college students report being raped or otherwise sexually assaulted on a college campus.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), of all sexual assaults on women in the US, 51.5% of perpetrators were reported to be intimate partners of the victim, 40.8% were reported to be acquaintances, 13.8% were reported to be strangers, and 12.5% were reported to be family members.

Altman & Altman, LLP – Serving all of New England for Nearly 50 Years

If you have been the victim of sexual assault, contact an experienced attorney immediately. At Altman & Altman, LLP, our legal team is just as compassionate as we are aggressive. We understand the sensitive nature of sexual assault cases. This is especially true when the perpetrator was an intimate friend or acquaintance. The victim often feels guilty, or as though he or she is partly responsible for the assault. This is never the case! Unwanted sexual advances are never justified, especially when threats or physical force are used. Our attorneys have been successfully representing assault victims for nearly 50 years. We will review your case to determine the best way to protect your rights. At Altman & Altman, LLP, a meeting with one of our attorneys is always confidential. You can feel safe and secure knowing that your privacy is protected. We will help you understand your rights and options and will work together to determine the best legal strategy.  We will remain by your side throughout the entire process. Contact us today for a free consultation about your case.