Sexual Assault Reported
September 3, 2016, 12:00 AM
Langdon Street Fraternity
UW-Madison received a report of a sexual assault that occurred last Saturday, September 3. The assault is alleged to have occurred at a fraternity house on Langdon Street, and the victim may have been drugged. The name of the fraternity was not reported.
Because the incident was reported to a Campus Security Authority, and not law enforcement, there is no active police investigation at this time.
UW-Madison prohibits sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. These crimes will not be tolerated on campus and are a violation of Wisconsin law as well as the student code of conduct. Violence and the fear of violence can disrupt the working and learning processes of the UW-Madison community. The effects of such violence are costly, not only to individual victims, but also to the campus as a whole: fear replaces safety, doubt replaces confidence, and distraction replaces concentration. UW-Madison proactively addresses sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.
Sexual assault is never the fault of the victim. While nothing is failsafe, here are some suggestions everyone should consider:
- Make sure you have consent. Consent is a clear and freely given yes, not the absence of a no.
- You must continually get consent for sex. If someone seems not okay with what’s happening, it is your responsibility to check in.
- Alcohol and drugs are often used to create vulnerability to sexual assault. Studies of sexual assault incidents show a high correlation between acquaintance rape and drug/alcohol usage.
- If you witness something that doesn’t feel right, you can help by getting involved. Check-in and ask, “Hey, do you know this person?” or, “Are you OK?”
- Be active in supporting a safe and respectful community. If you see others engaging in disrespectful, inappropriate, or criminal actions, speak up and get involved, or contact someone else to assist.
- Some sex offenders target people by using alcohol as a weapon. Get your own drinks; don’t let someone continually fill your cup or leave your drink unattended.