Timely Warning: "Your Right to Know" January 16, 2016

Date & Time of Incident: 
January 7, 2016
7:30 pm to 8:55 pm
Report Type: 
Fondling
Reported Offense Summary: 

A sexual assault was reported to the Office of the Dean of Students through Just Report It on January 15, 2016 at 6:44 PM. The reported assault occurred on January 7, 2016 between 7:30 PM and 8:55 PM, at Private Residence off Virginia Avenue.

It is reported that a male subject, known to the victim, forcibly fondled her in a private residence off Virginia Avenue on January 7, 2016.

Appearance of suspect is reported to be:

A description of the suspect was not provided.

The University of Virginia shares this information to protect members of the University community, to promote safety, to help reduce the likelihood of future crimes, and to raise awareness of how to seek prompt assistance should a crime occur.

  • No action or inaction by a crime victim makes that person responsible for another person's abusive or criminal conduct. The following suggestions may help reduce the possibility of experiencing a crime, or may improve opportunities to receive prompt assistance.
  • The most common type of sexual assault occurs between individuals known to one another, including an acquaintance or in the context of a current or prior dating or domestic relationship.
  • Alcohol and drugs are often used to create vulnerability to sexual assault. Studies of sexual assault incidents show a high correlation between non-stranger sexual assault and drug/alcohol usage. Be alert to people pressuring you or others to use alcohol or other drugs.
  • Trust your instincts. If you feel uneasy or sense something is wrong, do what you can to get out of that situation or call for assistance.
  • Use and encourage others to have a companion or a safe means of getting home, i.e., a trusted friend, taxi, or Safe Ride if available.
  • Safely intervene and/or call for help if you witness disrespectful or inappropriate behavior, or a violent crime. Plan in advance: discuss how you might do this in conversations with your friends, using different scenarios, when you aren't facing a potential crisis. Remember the three D's of Green Dot: Distract, Delegate, Direct.
  • Invite a Green Dot facilitator to your residence hall, suite, organization to present on bystander intervention, or increase your understanding of these issues by inviting a peer educator from One Less or One in Four to present to your organization.
  • If someone is behaving disrespectfully or making you feel uncomfortable, take steps to remove yourself from the situation early, especially if you are concerned it may become physical.
  • If you feel as though someone may be stalking you, ask someone who understands these issues like UPD, Office of the Dean of Students, the Women’s Center, or CAPS to help you clarify what’s going on and to develop a safety plan.
  • If you feel afraid, call 911 or utilize transportation resources, such as the Yellow Cab program and UPD’s Safe Ride. Put their number, 434-242-1122 into your speed dial. Know the service area and hours by visiting http://www.virginia.edu/uvapolice/saferide.html .
  • If you feel threatened on Grounds or in nearby areas, look for a blue light emergency phone or call 911.
  • You have the right to defend your body, your personal integrity, yourself.
  • Do not second-guess yourself or the intentions of the person harming you. If you have indicated that you do not want to engage in a particular sexual activity and your partner ignores you, take this as a sign that he or she has no intention of taking your feelings into consideration. This will help you decide what to do next.
  • There is no shame in being a victim. Talk to someone who has knowledge of community and university resources. There are many people on Grounds and in the community who can help you identify resources and options and who may be able to reduce the impact on your well-being and help you end the abuse.
  • If you are being stalked, share this information with people who can help keep you safe. Use the stalking tracking form on the UVA resources website and speak to professionals to help develop a safety plan.
  • Your voice and our body are your best weapons. Learn effective ways to use them by taking a self-defense class, and bring a friend with you.