Community Alert November 1, 2015

Date & Time of Incident: 
November 1, 2015 12:15 am to 1:30 am
Report Type: 
Sex Offenses
Reported Offense Summary: 

A sexual assault was reported to the Charlottesville Police Department on November 1, 2015. The reported assault occurred on November 1, 2015 between 12:15 AM and 1:30 AM, outside the Westminster Presbyterian Church on Rugby Rd. It is reported that a male subject, known to the victim, ignored verbal and physical objections and sexually assaulted the victim.  The suspect left the area on foot following the assault.  The victim and the suspect are not believed to be UVa students.

Appearance of suspect is reported to be:


Black or African American




5'9" to 5'10"


Medium Build

Hair Color:


Eye Color:



Approximately 19 years of age

Additional Description:

Suspect was wearing a black jacket

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 .
  • 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.

The following is a list of forms of sexual assault. They are also a violation of the University of Virginia's Policy on Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and other Forms of Interpersonal Violence:

  • Having intercourse with another person without their consent.
  • Having intercourse with another person by force or threat of force.
  • Having intercourse with another person who is incapacitated and as a result, unable to give consent. Incapacitation can be caused by voluntary intoxication by the victim or by the perpetrator intentionally inducing ingestion of alcohol to cause incapacitation.
  • Having intercourse with another person after spiking that person's drink with date-rape or predatory drugs in order to induce incapacitation so that the person cannot resist or recall the incident.
  • Having intercourse with a person who is asleep, unconscious or otherwise unaware the intercourse is occurring.
  • Using threats, intimidation or coercion (unreasonable pressure) to compel someone to have intercourse against their will.