UVA Student Reports Being Sexually Assaulted near Monroe Hall

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A University of Virginia student reported she was sexually assaulted early Friday morning.

University police issued a letter to students about the report.  The student told police she was walking in the area near Monroe Hall and Brown College just after midnight when a man forced her against a wall and assaulted her. He then ran off on foot.

University police want to hear from anyone who may have seen the incident.  You can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 434-977-4000.    

The NBC29 newsroom received the following University of Virginia police alert email sent to the university community:

To Members of the Community:

A University of Virginia student reported to University Police that she was sexually assaulted as she walked near Monroe Hall on Sept. 28, 2012, at approximately 12:05 a.m.  She reported that the assailant confronted her as she walked between Monroe Hall and Brown College. He forced her against the wall and assaulted her. As she pushed him away, he fled on foot.

The suspect is described as a white male, 18 to 25 years of age, approximately 6'2" tall, slender build, brown hair and blue eyes.  At the time of the incident he was wearing a light-colored, short-sleeve shirt and blue jeans.

If you were in the area Monroe Hall and Brown College before, during or after the incident and believe you observed something or someone related to this incident, the police want to hear from you.

Perhaps you observed a male matching the description hanging out in the area or what you believed to be a consenting couple. The information you provide, no matter how insignificant you feel it might be, could be the information we need to solve this case.

You can remain anonymous. Anyone with information should contact the University of Virginia Police Department at 434-924-7166 or Crimestoppers at 434-977-4000. You may also provide information through the UPD Silent Watch Program at, http://www.virginia.edu/uvapolice/report_crime.html.

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted make sure you are safe from further harm. Do NOT blame yourself.  Your behavior DID NOT cause the assault. Call someone you trust, such as a friend, your RA, the Office of the Dean of Students, the Women's Center, the Sexual Assault Resource Agency and/or the Police.

The decision to report an assault is a personal choice that only the survivor can make. You should know that you can still formally report the incident to police without a requirement to prosecute the assailant.

Do not bath or douche. Try not to urinate, if possible. If oral contact took place, do not smoke, eat, or brush your teeth. Go immediately to the UVA Emergency Department. Seeking medical attention is vital, as you may also have injuries that you are unaware of. A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE), can perform a Physical Evidence Recovery Kit (PERK), if the assault occurred within 72 hours of seeking medical treatment.

Get help and support, such as counseling. A sexual assault is an extremely traumatic incident, and you will need help dealing with the situation.

Please take advantage of the resources available for victims of sexual assault  -- or encourage their use. Sources of support include the Office of the Dean of Students, the Women's Center, Counseling and Psychological Services in Student Health, the Sexual Assault Resource Agency, and the Victim and Witness Assistance Programs. Students wishing to pursue charges through the University can do so through the Sexual Assault Board.

For more information, contact the Office of the Dean of Students by phone at 434-924-7133 or by visiting these websites: www.virginia.edu/sexualviolencewww.virginia.edu/uvapolice or  http://www.virginia.edu/sexualviolence/.

Michael A. Gibson
University Chief of Police