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DU reports a student was raped

Posted at 6:40 PM, Jan 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-06 01:23:33-05

A day after a rape near the University of Denver campus, administrators are urging people to come forward with tips.

The student victim was raped on Saturday and Campus Safety received the report on Monday.

The crime happened off of campus but DU did not give a specific location. Denver Police are working with the university to investigate.

According to DU, the suspect used date rape drugs.

Anyone with information should call the Denver Police Department sex crimes unit at 720-913-6040 or DU’s Title IX Office at 303-871-7436.

DU said in statement:

Sexual assault is never the fault of the victim. While nothing is failsafe, here are some items that everyone should consider: Perpetrators choose victims for their vulnerability, not their sexiness or how they look or act. Rape is not a crime of sexual desire. It is a crime of hostility and violence toward the victim. People often engage in victim blaming. It is a way to preserve the false belief that they will be safe from sexual assault “if only” they do not do what the victim did. However, rape is never the victim’s fault. Only the perpetrator chooses to commit sexual assault. - 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.   - If you would like more information about how to be a proactive bystander, please participate in a “Be a B.O.S.S.” training.    - Forcing sexual contact on another person without consent is against the law and against university policy. Someone who is passed out, unconscious or incapacitated because of drugs or alcohol is unable to give consent. Sex without consent is sexual assault. Rape is never the victim’s fault.   - Trust your instincts. If you feel uneasy or sense something is wrong, call for help. If you’ve been sexually assaulted, tell someone – there are resources to help you. Please click here.

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