Students react to another reported sexual assault at UCA
CONWAY, Ark. (KATV) —
Another sexual assault has been reported at the university of Central Arkansas, making it the second complaint in about a week.
The students I spoke with were surprised to hear another incident happened so quickly after a student had been accused of rape back on September 12th.
It's something they hope doesn't become a trend.
UCA senior Katie Adams was surprised to get the email.
"It did kind of shock me that it happened again," she said.
The email said campus police received a report saying a student had allegedly been sexually assaulted by another student in one of the residence halls on campus on September 19th at around one a.m.
This comes just a week after an 18-year-old student was accused of raping a female student after helping her to her dorm.
"Wow,” Adams said, “it actually is like, be aware of the people that you know and be in contact with and that you're interacting and hanging out with."
"It's very common, it happens more often than we think," Kennedye Hervey, a senior at UCA, said.
Hervey says while the school does a good job in notifying the students, the students need to be more cognizant of what's happening at their school.
"I would like to think that UCA is a very safe campus but I don't know, it's happened before,” Hervey said. “I’ve seen the emails before and I just hope they're able to keep it under control."
Ultimately, police and students agree that the community plays a big factor in ensuring people's security.
"I feel like the campus is still safe, it's just being aware of who's around you and what's going on," Adams said.
Now in that email to students, police layout some key points to help students if they ever feel at risk of being sexually assaulted.
The list in that email says the following:
-Always trust your instincts. If you feel uneasy or sense something is wrong, do what you can to get out of that situation.
-If you engage in 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.
-Have a companion or a safe means of getting home, i.e., a trusted friend, taxi. The UCA Police Department is available to provide safety escorts on campus 24 hours a day. Call 501-450-3111.
-Alcohol and drugs are sometimes used to create vulnerability to sexual assault and may impair yours and your acquaintance’s judgment. Studies of sexual assault incidents show a high correlation between acquaintance rape and drug/alcohol usage. Keep control of your drink.
-If you are sexually assaulted, you have several options; please see related information at this website: www.ucapd.org/go/sexoffenses. If you choose a police investigation of this crime, we will investigate, provide support, and offer related services.
-Sex offenses are treated with the greatest seriousness on our campus; criminal and/or severe disciplinary action can be taken. If a criminal case is brought, we will support you as much as possible as you pursue it. In the case of disciplinary action, it is our university’s commitment that a victim shall be informed of the outcome of any institutional disciplinary proceeding brought alleging a sex offense."