Saturday, January 20, 2018
Public safety

USF police investigate another rape on campus

TAMPA — For the second time in less than a month, University of South Florida police are investigating a rape on campus.

Officers received a report about a female student who said she was sexually assaulted Sunday morning in the Holly G residence hall, police spokeswoman Lt. Charlotte Domingo said Wednesday.

The victim said she knew her attacker, according to police.

The student filed her complaint Monday, just a few weeks after a man reported being raped Jan. 18 in the second-floor public restroom at the Marshall Student Center. That case is still under investigation, as is a Sept. 19 rape report in which a victim, a female student, did not know her attacker.

Four rapes were reported at USF in 2012 and one in 2011.

Domingo views the two reports made early this year not as a sign that sex crimes are on the rise, but that victims are more comfortable coming forward.

"We work hard to promote an environment where it's a safe place to come forward," she said. "I think the fact that people are coming forward shows that we are having some success."

USF has a number of security measures designed to prevent sexual assaults, like escorts on call to ensure students don't have to walk home alone at night and blue light phones available for emergency calls to authorities, Domingo said.

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