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. Continue reading