Reported Offense: On May 5, 2018, at about 3 a.m., a suspect entered an unlocked apartment in the 1000 block of Park Avenue and sexually assaulted a resident. This crime was a delayed report to police. Richmond Police are leading the investigation. Patrols from VCU Police and Richmond Police have been increased in the area.
Suspect/s: The suspect is believed to be male.
VCU Police remind members of the community of the following:
• Ensure all doors and windows are locked. Always double check before leaving or going to bed.
Engaging in any type of sexual activity without the voluntary, informed and active consent of your partner is sexual assault.
• Always seek verbal, sober, clear consent. Immediately stop sexual advances if the other person indicates no interest or if they say “no.” Consent to one sexual act does not imply consent to another. The absence of a “no” does not mean “yes.”
• Sexual assault is non-consensual activity, ranging from unwanted touching to forced intercourse, which can include sexual contact with someone who is impaired by alcohol, drugs, or any other intoxicant that impairs the person’s judgment.
• Alcohol and drugs may impair judgment, making it difficult to notice unsafe situations and intervene to help others. If either party is incapacitated by alcohol or drugs, consent cannot be given.
• Never pressure or coerce someone into engaging in sexual activity.
• Approximately 75% of rapes are committed by acquaintances (https://rainn.org/).
• If you are ever in a situation where you are unsure, or scared, call VCU Police at (804) 828-1234 immediately.
• If you witness a situation that appears unsafe or makes you uncomfortable, intervene if it’s safe to do so or go to a safe area and call for help. Bystander intervention is a known tool to help to prevent campus sexual assault. We encourage the VCU community to download and use the free LiveSafe mobile safety application on iOS and Android smart phones.
• Be on the lookout for suspicious people who may attempt to isolate someone who is intoxicated or has been drinking.
Be aware of tactics used:
Tactics used to commit sexual assault include intruding into someone’s personal space physically, isolation and “feeding” or encouraging alcohol and/or other drug consumption.
Although alcohol is the most commonly used drug to facilitate sexual assault, other tactics include adding drugs, such as GHB, Ketamine, or Rohypnol, to a person’s drink to incapacitate them. GHB, also known as Liquid Ecstasy, relaxes a person’s inhibitions, causes drowsiness, and may result in a loss of consciousness. Ketamine, also known as Special K, makes a person feel as if they are separated from their body and detached from reality. Rohypnol causes a person to become drowsy, dizzy, and lack motor control and coordination. Prescription drugs, such as benzodiazepines or anti-anxiety medications, are also sometimes used to incapacitate an individual.
Using or requesting the use of contraceptives and/or safer sex methods is not the same as consenting to sexual activity.
Develop a safety plan with friends. Help each other to stay safe by sticking together and making sure someone does not become isolated. Use safety apps, such as Circle of 6 or LiveSafe to notify others if you feel unsafe, isolated or need assistance.
• Be alert and aware at all times when you are with acquaintances.
• Be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts.
• Report all suspicious people and circumstances to the VCU Police Department.