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Date Reported: 11/20/2017
Date Occurred: 11/18/2017
Reported Offense: Forcible Fondling
Definition: Sex Offenses-Forcible-any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly and/or against that person's will; or not forcibly or against the person's will where the victim is incapable of giving consent.
Location Description: On Campus-Resident Hall
On 11/20/2017 at approximately 6:30 p.m. the Lock Haven University Public Safety Department received a report of a sexual assault. The incident occurred in the early morning hours on 11/18/2017 in a residence Hall on campus. The Suspect is known to the Victim but not known by the Public Safety Department.
We remind community members that interpersonal relationships can turn violent without warning. The campus provides resources regarding sexual assaults, domestic violence, and dating violence on the web at: https://www.lhup.edu/About/title_ix/maincampus.html.
If you witness a situation that did not seem right, and did not intervene but later wished you had. In situations where someone might be harmed or is struggling, there is often someone else who notices the warning signs before the issue becomes a problem. University members are encourage to Step Up and get involved in Bystander Reporting additional information is available at www.lhup.edu/About/title_ix/step/.
Crime victims are never at fault for being victimized. Perpetrators alone are responsible for crimes and their effects. LHU Public Safety offer the following suggestions that may help reduce the possibility of experiencing a crime.
- It is a crime to intentionally touch someone against his or her will, regardless of the situation.
- Make sure you have consent. Consent is a clear and freely given yes, not the absence of a no. You must continually get consent for sex. If someone seems not okay with what’s happening, it is your responsibility to check in.
- When you have sex be sure you understand your partner’s limits, and communicate your own limits clearly. Don’t engage in sexual activities without affirmative consent from your partner.
- Consuming alcoholic beverages or other drugs could impair the ability to make good sound decisions. If you choose to consume alcoholic beverages do it responsibly.
- People who are incapacitated by alcohol or drugs cannot give consent. Signs of incapacitation may include – but are not limited to – throwing up, slurring words, stumbling, or not being able to remember conversations.
- Make sure you have enthusiastic, affirmative and ongoing consent from your partner.
- Some sex offenders target people by using alcohol as a weapon. Get your own drinks; don’t let someone continually fill your cup or leave your drink unattended.
- For emergencies, or if you see a crime being committed, call 9-1-1. To report suspicious, illegal or unusual activity on campus, call LHUPD at 570.484.2278.
Resources Available for Survivors
- Dean of Students – 570-484-2022
- Counseling Center – 570-484-2479
- Glennon Health Services – 570-484-2276
- Title IX Coordinator – 570-484-2014
- Clinton County Women’s Center – 570-748-9539
Domestic Violence – 570-484-9509