Mustang News Staff Report
A woman reported being sexually assaulted at a Pi Kappa Alpha (PIKE) off-campus party located at 740 W. Foothill Blvd. on Friday, according to a campus-wide crime alert email sent out Saturday. The incident was reported on Saturday.
According to the email, the woman told police she may have been given drugs without her knowledge, rendering her unconscious. When she awoke, a man identified as Jake was engaging in sexual activity with her without her consent.
The day after, the anonymous social media application Yik Yak had several posts that mentioned the incident, though there was no official confirmation until the campus-wide email was sent out on Saturday evening.
In the email, the University Police Department and Safer included personal safety guidelines:
- Trust your instincts. If a situation makes you uncomfortable or uneasy, leave immediately and contact the police.
- Be alert to your surroundings and the people around you.
- Walk confidently and with a steady pace.
- Always let someone know where you are and where you may be going.
- Always travel in pairs or groups and inform friends of your intended locations and times of arrival.
- Use the buddy system. Always walk to/from your car with someone.
- Make sure you always have a ride home or a plan to walk home with a friend or roommate.
- Do not accept beverages from strangers or of an unknown origin.
“If you are attacked: Do whatever it takes to survive,” the email read. “Remember, you are the victim. You have nothing to feel guilty or ashamed about. Rapists commit the crime, not the victim.”
The email ended with resources students may use if they have been sexually assaulted, including Safer.
Celina Oseguera contributed to this report.