USC President 'Outraged' After Campus Sex Assault

4:11 PM, Feb 20, 2013   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides says he's outraged after a reported sexual assault on campus this week, and says more police officers are coming to the school.

Pastides sent a letter to students about the incident that took place around n February 19th.

According to police, a female student was walking in the 1400 block of Blossom Street near the East Quad Residence Hall around 1 a.m. when she was approached by a male suspect. The victim says the man sexually assaulted her, then took her wallet and phone.

Police say the woman did not see a weapon but believed he was armed.

"I am outraged that our campus has fallen victim to senseless violence and I assure each of you that I will do that I can to continue to make this campus safe for students, faculty, and staff," Pastides wrote.

Pastides said six new officers are being integrated into the USC police force this week and more hires are coming. He says the school will also invest in additional resources to suppress crime and keep people safe.

Anyone with information in the crime should call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

Here is Pastides's full letter:

Dear Carolina Family:

When one member of our family is harmed, we are all harmed. I am outraged that our campus has fallen victim to senseless violence and I assure each of you that I will do all that I can to continue to make this campus safe for students, faculty and staff.

This week, six new police officers are being integrated into the USC police force with additional hires coming. We will invest additional resources in technology and other tools that may deter those determined to harm our community. Of course, we will continue our crime suppression efforts with cameras and call boxes while providing increased opportunities for the Carolina community to access late night shuttles and escorts.

Today, I will speak with Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, and we have already spoken with the city's police department leadership to step-up our ongoing collaborations with the city. This afternoon, I am also convening our University Safety Committee to further discuss ways to keep our campus and community safe.

As we continue to actively pursue all avenues to protect our students, faculty, staff and visitors, I ask each of you to be alert, to look out for each other and to report anything that appears inappropriate or suspicious. Together, we must stand up for Carolina.

 

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