3 sexual assaults in 2 weeks at DU have students on alert

Campus police issue alert

DENVER - The University of Denver Campus Safety Department has learned of three possible sexual assaults over the last two weeks, according to a crime alert issued Thursday.

All three assaults are under investigation by the University of Denver.

One of the sexual assaults suggests a date rape drug was used.

Campus Safety has urged the DU Community to be alert to the possibility of date rape drugs and take steps to protect themselves. Although alcohol is the No. 1 date rape drug, other commonly used drugs are Rohypnol, GHB, and Ketamine which can be slipped into an unsuspecting person's drink, the crime alert said.

Symptoms of consumption may include: rapid and severe intoxication, difficulty with motor movements, problems talking, confusion, loss of consciousness (memory loss), dizziness, nausea, sweating, vomiting, drowsiness, numbness, feeling out of control, breathing difficulties, slurred speech, and acting disproportionately intoxicated relative to the amount of alcohol consumed.

In this condition, anyone can be extremely vulnerable to sexual assault.

Campus Safety did not issue any new suspect descriptions. 

In a previous assault on Halloween night, a female student walking on the sidewalk near Nagel Hall was grabbed and sexually assaulted at about 9:40 p.m.

That suspect was described as a Hispanic man, approximately 23-27 years old.  He had dark hair and skin and weighed about 160 pounds.  At the time of the assault, he was wearing jeans and a red flannel shirt.

Anyone who has information on any of the assaults is urged to contact Campus Safety or Denver Police.

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