College Station Police investigating sexual assault near Northgate
A kidnapping and sexual assault was reported over the weekend
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KBTX) - College Station Police are investigating a report of sexual assault. Police say the incident happened early Sunday morning as a woman was walking back to her apartment from Northgate.
On Monday, police said detectives are looking into the allegations.
They received a third party report of a sexual assault near College Avenue. Texas A&M University Police sent out an alert Sunday saying the woman said she was sexually assaulted when she left Northgate and was separated from her group. UPD said the survivor was taken in the suspect’s car to several locations before he assaulted her at her apartment parking lot.
CSPD tells KBTX the survivor did not call police and did not want to file a report. Police said the two met at Northgate, but have not provided additional information. Lindsey LeBlanc, Sexual Assault Resource Center Executive Director, says it’s not uncommon to have a survivor that doesn’t want to work with investigators.
The Sexual Assault Resource Center provides services and information that young people can use to protect themselves during this time of year when there are parties and gatherings.
”Just being aware of your surroundings. Being in groups, always checking in where you are. But also knowing that that does not stop an assault. So many of our stories that are in this office are acquaintances, dates, etc., and you can be aware of your surroundings and things can still happen,” said LeBlanc.
SARC said most assaults happen with someone the survivor knows.
“The majority of cases that survivors aren’t you know kind of ready to file charges. It’s a a big thing going back to that 80% of known perpetrators. It’s hard to file a report against someone that you know and love,” said LeBlanc.
Texas A&M students are on edge after University Police sent out that alert.
“I’m a little bit scared especially since the suspect wasn’t caught,” said Karen Torres, who is a Student at Texas A&M and walks through that same area regularly.
She’s taking extra precautions on late nights including walking in groups or with an escort on campus from the Corps of Cadets.
“I’ve been walking with another friend,” she said.
Safety experts say preventing these crimes falls to everyone.
“You’ve got to be aware of your surroundings and your environment because if you’re not aware somebody else may be so. So it’s important bottom line, don’t leave friends by themselves. Don’t assume that that person is going to get home ok,” said Mary Jo Prince, a Program Manager for the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service.
Resources for sexual assault survivors and more information can be found here. SARC’s Crisis Hotline is (979) 731-1000.
Both College Station Police and Texas A&M University Police declined to talk to us on camera Monday about the situation.
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