Third sex offense reported

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A sex offense was reported on campus for the third time in four months.

The incident, which was reported on the university crime log, occurred in campus housing at 5:14 p.m. Feb. 5.

The offense was documented as a forcible rape.

Central Dispatch said law enforcement was called at 5:32 p.m. and arrived on scene at the O’Daniel apartment building at 5:36 p.m.

The Shield requested the public incident report from the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office. Public Safety provided the incident number and told The Shield to fill out a formal request.

Assistant Director of Public Safety Stephen Bequette confirmed the sex offense.

Vanderburgh County Jail Booking said no arrest has been made as of Tuesday.

The prior two offenses occurred Nov. 18 and Dec. 2., and were reported in the university crime log as well.

Both were also documented as forcible rapes.

In a previous interview with The Shield, Director of Public Safety Steve Woodall said once an individual reports an offense, they choose whether or not to involve law enforcement. No matter the investigation, the university is required to document the report in the crime log as well as the annual Clery Report.

In a previous article by The Shield, Alix MacDonald, a victim support specialist with the Albion Fellows Bacon Center, said one reason USI’s Clery Report numbers have been so low in past years isn’t because the assaults aren’t happening, but because they aren’t being reported by students.

There are various reasons why victims don’t report sexual assaults, she said, such as fearing the perpetrator, not wanting the stigma of becoming a victim, being overwhelmed by the system or a fear of victim blaming because of decisions they made before, during or after the assault — like whether they consumed drugs or alcohol.

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