|What is this notice? Campus Crime Alerts are released by the University of Oregon Police Department when certain crimes are reported on or near campus property, and in compliance with federal law. These timely warnings provide information about campus safety situations, and allow campus community members to take precautions for personal safety. All crimes should be reported as soon as possible to local law enforcement.
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A female University of Oregon student reported to police that she was groped from behind by a passing scooter rider on Monday about 7:00 p.m., May 30, as she walked on the south side of 13th Avenue at Agate Street.
She described the man who touched her as between 5-foot-7 and 5-foot-9, between 17 and 20 years old, appearing as Hispanic or Pacific Islander, with longer black slicked-back hair neatly arranged. She said he wore blue shorts, and a pastel-colored short-sleeve shirt. She said he rode a neon-colored scooter, similar to the Razor brand.
She said the man was one of five to seven adult men of Hispanic appearance. Most rode skateboards; one rode a bicycle and the other a scooter. She believed that the men may have boarded a Lane Transit District EmX bus heading east toward Springfield, and she last saw them on the bus platform on Franklin Boulevard at Agate Street. Law enforcement from multiple agencies searched the area for the group but were unable to find them.
This incident is unresolved and an investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about this or similar incidents should call UOPD at 541-346-2919. Updates regarding this incident, when and if available, will be posted on the UOPD website at police.uoregon.edu.
SAFETY TIPS FROM UOPD
No action or inaction by a crime survivor makes that person responsible for his or her No action or inaction by a crime survivor makes that person responsible for his or her victimization. Perpetrators are responsible for crimes and their effects. The following suggestions may help reduce the possibility of experiencing such a crime, or may improve opportunities to receive prompt assistance.
It is a crime to intentionally touch someone against his or her will, regardless of the situation.
Bystanders should try to be aware of their surroundings, and if there are signs of a person in distress, bystanders should make themselves known and offer assistance if it is safe to do so, and/or seek immediate help from police or security personnel.
Every person and situation is different; survivors must decide for themselves what actions or responses are safest in any situation. If someone attempts to touch you against your will, you have the right to yell “NO” loudly, or do whatever is necessary to get the person to let go, and flee to a safe place and seek help. When safe, try to remember as much as possible about the person’s appearance and behavior. Regardless of what happens during an incident, you have the right to report the crime and to receive services and accommodations.
Assaults by strangers are far less common than assaults by people known to survivors. Self-defense classes can prepare people to deter or escape an assault, and have benefits for improved awareness and confidence. Credit courses are available from the Physical Education department (http://uocatalog.uoregon.edu/pe_rec/#courseinventory) and from UOPD and SAPP (http://police.uoregon.edu/content/self-defense).
Students may use UO Safe Ride (541-346-RIDE ext. 2), call a taxicab, or contact UOPD for an on-campus escort (541-346-2919).
For emergencies or if you see a crime being committed, call 9-1-1. To report suspicious, illegal or unusual activity on campus, call UOPD at 541-346-2919.
RESOURCES AVAILABLE FOR SURVIVORS OF CRIME
Survivors have a right to report crimes to police and have crimes investigated and/or prosecuted to the fullest extent possible.
Call 541-346-SAFE at any time or visit safe.uoregon.edu to learn about options and resources.
For students, a range of support services are available through the Office of the Dean of Students, 541-346-3216; uodos.
For students, personal counseling and other support services are available through the University Counseling and Testing Center, 541-346-3227 (available 24 hours); counseling.uoregon.edu/dnn.
For students, medical and sexual assault examination services are available at University Health Center, 541-346-2770; healthcenter.uoregon.edu.
For employees, the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity, 541-346-3123, and Office of Human Resources, 541-346-3159, can assist in connecting to resources.
Other community resources available are Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS), 541-343-7277 (24 hour crisis line) or 541-484-9791, Womenspace, 541-485-8232 or 541-485-6513 (24 hour crisis line), and White Bird Clinic Counseling, 541-342-8255 541-687-4000 (24 hour crisis line).