A CRIME ALERT has been posted to the USC Division of Law Enforcement and Safety's website http://bit.ly/gpUqGQ
Type of Alert:
January 28, 2012
Today the Division of Law Enforcement and Safety received notification that the Columbia Police Department has responded to and is investigating an alleged sexual assault occurring near our campus. We have and will continue to assist the Columbia Police as they investigate this crime.
Very few details are available at this time. However, we urge all female students to be vigilant and exercise an abundance of caution.
If you are a victim, please know that you are not alone. If you, or someone you know, have been a victim of an assault, please contact law enforcement.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the survivor as she continues to recover.
Members of the Carolina Community are encouraged to follow the safety and prevention tips below:
Sexual Assault Facts and Safety Tips
- Most sexual assaults are committed by someone known by the victim or an acquaintance.
- Be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts. If a place or situation doesn't feel right, it probably isn't. Leave.
- Do not immediately trust a person you just met at a party or other social gathering.
- Have a plan before going out. Make sure your friends know not to leave you alone or let you leave anywhere with someone other than the friends you came with. Stay in a group as much as possible.
- If you choose to drink alcohol, drink responsibly and do not allow yourself to become intoxicated. Alcohol impairs your rational decision making.
- Do not accept alcoholic or soft drinks from persons you do not know very well and never leave your drink unattended.
- The best mode of travel is by vehicle but if you do choose to walk, travel in large groups and never alone. The larger the group of people you are with, the better (four or more is best).
- Do not allow strangers to ride in your vehicle or accept rides from persons you do not know very well.
- Travel on major sidewalks along major streets and avoid shortcuts. Well lit and well traveled routes are best.
- The University has and encourages the use of several available shuttle services for transportation to and around campus such as the Evening Shuttle, Late Night Shuttle, APO, and others. Please go to http://www.sc.edu/vmps/shuttle.html for more information.
- If you feel unsafe or see suspicious activity or persons, seek safety in a well populated area or building and call the police immediately by dialing 911.
- If someone makes an unwanted sexual advance, immediately and firmly say ?no.?
- If you become the victim of sexual assault or other crime:
1. Get to a safe place as soon as you can.
2. Call 911 immediately and give detailed information concerning description of
suspect(s), suspect direction of travel, and any other pertinent information
regarding the incident.