Alert email sent after reported rape at MSU


MISSOULA, Mont. - An alert email was sent to Montana State University students, faculty, and staff Tuesday night notifying them of a reported rape.

According to the email, university police were called to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital Monday night to take a late rape report.  Police say the assault happened in a North Hedges dorm early Saturday morning.  A woman told police that she had been spending time in the room of a man she knew when he sexually assaulted her.

University Police are investigating the incident.

The following is the timely warning that was sent out:

MSU issues timely warnings in compliance with federal law for crimes that have already occurred which the university considers to be a serious and continuing threat to its community.

On October 28th, 2013 at approximately 7:51 p.m. the Montana State University Police Department responded to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital for a late report of sexual intercourse without consent which occurred on the early morning hours of Saturday, October 26th, 2013, in the North Hedges Residence Hall. The victim reported spending time in the room of a male known to her, when he sexually assaulted her. Investigation into the incident is pending.

The MSU Police Department reminds all students, staff, and campus visitors to be aware that sexual assaults typically occur between individuals that know each other, and that "stranger rapes" are rare. Alcohol is the most common "date rape drug" used. If a friend or acquaintance confides in you that they have been raped, believe them. Urge them not to shower or wash their clothes, and encourage them to go to the hospital for a sexual assault exam kit (even if a person is unsure what they want to do at that point, the evidence can be preserved for the future). MSU Police and advocates are always available to assist individuals who have been victimized by sexual assault.

The MSU Police Department offers crime prevention presentations and provides escorts which are available on campus 24 hours a day for any student, faculty, staff or visitor. The MSU Police can be reached at (406) 994-2121. Advocates from the VOICE Center can be reached at (406) 994-7069. Anonymous reports can be made to the MSU Police Department at switness@montana.edu and at the VOICE Center.

This Timely Warning message was sent via the MSU ALERT E-MAIL system to all students, faculty and staff at MSU Bozeman. All students, faculty, and staff are automatically enrolled in the MSU ALERT E-MAIL system.

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