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Three Sexual Assaults Reported Near East Halls, Nittany Apartments

Three sexual assaults reportedly occurred on Penn State’s campus early Saturday morning, according to Timely Warnings published by Penn State University Police.

According to the warnings, two took place near East Halls, while another occurred within Nittany Apartments.

The first report, sent to students just past 3 a.m. Saturday, involved a reported sexual assault by a man known to the victim in the Nittany Apartments complex. The offense was reported to police at 1:55 a.m.

An uninvolved individual notified police of another reported sexual assault at 4 a.m. Saturday. The incident reportedly took place between 12:45 a.m. and 1:15 a.m. in the first floor of Johnston Commons’ women’s restroom by a man believed to be unknown to the victim.

Another reported sexual assault in East Halls allegedly occurred between 2 a.m. and 4:45 a.m. by a man known to the victim.

Any individual with more information regarding these incidents is encouraged to reach out to Penn State Police at (814)-863-1111. Students can also report sexual assaults and other crimes using university hotlines.

The university also offered a few “specific actions” students can take to reduce their vulnerability regarding these crimes:

  • Don’t feel obligated to do anything you don’t want to. “I don’t want to” is always a good enough reason.
  • Get verbal consent from your partner, and don’t assume you know what the other person wants.
  • Perpetrators are responsible for sexual assaults. Perpetrators take advantage of vulnerability and seek opportunities to commit sexual assaults.
  • Sexual assault is a second-degree felony in Pennsylvania. Sentencing can include up to 10 years in prison, fines, and psychiatric treatment.

We’ll update this post with more information as it becomes available.

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