Reported rape prompts crime alert by Ohio University police

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ATHENS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- Ohio University police have issued a crime alert after a reported was reported from over the weekend.

Police said a female student reported to OUPD that she was raped by an unknown individual in the vicinity of Brown Hall between 11:30 pm on Saturday and 1:00 a.m. on Sunday.

The case remains under investigation.

OU police also offered crime prevention tips:

  • Survivors of crime are never at fault for their victimization. It is the perpetrators of these crimes who are responsible for their actions that make our campus less safe.
  • Sexual contact without consent is a serious crime.
  • If you see someone in need, there are ways you can safely intervene, including by being direct when safe and able, creating a distraction, or by delegating to others when help is needed.
  • When walking alone, consider walking with your phone in your hand.
  • If you feel threatened or uncomfortable in regards to your safety, please call 911.
  • Consider planning ahead to utilize the CATS Late Night free shuttle service between 5:30PM-3:00AM M-F, and 10PM-3AM on Saturday. Rides can be scheduled by contacting 740-593-4040 via text or phone.
  • If you or someone you know is a survivor of sexual assault, resources are available for help. For a list of confidential and non-confidential campus or community resources, please visit OU's website.
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