College of Charleston issues alert following two sexual assaults

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Police on the campus of the College of Charleston have issued an alert after two sexual assaults within the last week.

Both of the sexual assaults were reported to police Monday and happened over the weekend. The first allegedly happened at an apartment in the area of King Street and Burns Lane in Charleston. Authorities say the victim is not a CofC Student. City police are investigating the incident.

The second assault reportedly happened in a car off campus between two students. The victim claims she was assaulted by an acquaintance.

Police say alcohol was involved in both cases.

The school's Department of Public Safety has released the following information and tips on safety.

The Department of Public Safety would like to make the campus community aware of the following statistics which were published in Campus Safety Magazine in March 2012.

  • Between 20% and 25% of women will experience a completed and/or attempted sexual assault during their college career
  • At least 50% of college student sexual assaults are associated with alcohol use
  • 43% of sexual victimization incidents involve alcohol consumption by victims
  • 69% of sexual victimization incidents involve alcohol consumption by the perpetrator
  • Victims were on a date with the perpetrator in 12.8% of completed rapes and 35% of attempted sexual assault
  • 90% of acquaintance sexual assaults involve alcohol

Students, Faculty and Staff are cautioned to be mindful of their surroundings.

Walk in groups and in well lighted areas; avoid less traveled short cuts.

Make certain you know where you are going and who you are going with.

Let a friend know your intended location and expected time of return.

College of Charleston, Public Safety Officers are available for campus escorts.

Sign up for a RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) class at Public Safety, and

Stop by and get a free whistle for the whistle alert program.

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