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Rape at Greek house, 2 sexual batteries in residence halls reported to IUPD Feb. 13-16

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Editor’s Note: This story includes mention of sexual assault. Resources are available here. 

A rape at a Greek house on North Baker Avenue., sexual battery at Union Street Apartments, and sexual battery and stalking at Briscoe Quad were reported to the IU Police Department between Feb. 13-16, according to IUPD’s crime log.  

On Feb. 13, the IU Title IX Office informed IUPD of a student who had been sexually assaulted Feb. 11 at the Cypress Hall building of Union Street Apartments, IUPD Public Information Officer Hannah Skibba said.  

Just three days later, on Feb. 16, IUPD received two more reports of sexual violence from the Title IX Office. One involved a student who had been raped Oct. 21, 2023, at a Greek house on North. Baker Avenue.. The other reported a student had been stalked and sexually assaulted between Feb. 2 and Feb. 14 at Briscoe Quad.  

All the incidents were reported to IUPD by the Title IX Office, not the people involved. IUPD referred all cases to university officials for review.  

According to IUPD’s crime log, there have been 23 rapes and 16 sexual batteries reported on campus since Aug. 17. 

According to IU’s 2023 Security and Public Safety Report, there were 38 rapes reported on IU Bloomington’s campus and five rapes reported off-campus in 2022. 

Off-campus cases include incidents that occurred at any building or property owned or controlled by a student organization, buildings owned or controlled by an institution directly supporting IU’s educational purposes and properties frequently used by students not within the geographic area of the institution. Off-campus cases also include incidents occurring on public property within or immediately adjacent to campus.  

Also in 2022, there were 35 cases of fondling — defined as the non-consensual touching of private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification — reported on the Bloomington’s campus, with an additional two cases occurring off-campus.  

These numbers are a marked increase from previous years. In 2021, there were a combined 31 cases of rape and 21 cases of fondling on and off-campus. In 2020, there were 25 reports of rape and seven reports of fondling, although on-campus instruction paused mid-March that year due to the pandemic and did not resume until the fall. 

Despite these numbers, more than 90% of sexual assault victims on college campuses do not report their assaults, according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.    

A list of resources is available here if you or someone you know has experienced sexual harassment or abuse. 

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