BLACKSBURG (WSLS 10) -On Saturday, March 18, 2017, the Virginia Tech Police Department took a report of a sexual assault that occurred sometime during the early morning hours. The incident took place at Lee Hall, 570 Washington Street, on the campus of Virginia Tech. The survivor and offender are both Virginia Tech students who were previously acquainted.
Virginia Tech police are advising students to be careful. Officers released the following information:
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.
Be active in supporting a safe and respectful community. If you see others engaging in disrespectful or inappropriate actions, speak up and get involved, or contact someone else to assist. For more information, see: http://stopabuse.vt.edu/Get_Involved.html
If you engage in sexual activity, be sure you understand your partner’s limits, and communicate your own limits clearly. Don’t engage in sexual activities without affirmative consent from your partner.
If you have imminent concerns for the safety of others, call the police to ask for assistance.
If you are sexually assaulted, you have several options. Please see related information at this website: http://www.stopabuse.vt.edu . The website has guidance for filing anonymous or formal reports. In addition, assistance is available through the following resources:
o Women’s Center at Virginia Tech: 540-231-7806
o Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley: 540-639-1123
o Title IX Resources:
o Kelly Oaks: Title IX Coordinator: 540-231-8771
o Frank Shushok: Deputy Title IX Coordinator: 540-231-8064
o Cook Counseling Center: 540-231-6557
o Dean of Students Office: 540-231-3787
o Virginia Tech Police Department: 540-382-4343
If you report a sexual assault that occurred on the Virginia Tech campus, Virginia Tech Police will investigate, provide assistance, and offer related services to support your safety and well-being. If the crime occurred in another jurisdiction, Virginia Tech Police will assist you in accessing assistance in that jurisdiction.
The Virginia Tech Police Department offers a range of personal safety programs, including a Rape Aggression Defense courses. For more information: http://police.vt.edu/programs-training/rad.html