Notice sent to Vanderbilt students after sexual assault reported on campus

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – An alert was sent to Vanderbilt University students Monday evening alerting them about a reported sexual assault that happened on campus.

According to the alert, a female student told Campus Security Authority she was sexually assaulted by a male student last Friday. The alert did not mention where the reported incident ocurred.

In the email, Campus Security outlined what students needed to be mindful of when reporting sexual assaults.

The email read, “This security notice is being issued to remind students that:

    • Sexual assault does not just occur between strangers
    • Consent must be clear and unambiguous for each participant at every stage of a sexual encounter
    • The absence of ‘no’ should be understood to mean there is consent
    • A person who is asleep or mentally or physically incapacitated, wither through the effect of drugs or alcohol or for any other reason, is not capable of giving valid consent.”

The email also reminded students that sexual assault is a crime.

News 2 spoke with Jessica Labenbery, an advocacy services coordinator at the Sexual Assault Center, who said, “It is for every person him or herself how they are going to respond. There is no legal mandate that you have to report the sexual assault, You can go to the hospital and get a sexual assault forensic exam without filing a police report. The Sexual Assault Center has a 24/7 crisis and support line with crisis counselors who are avaliable to talk to anybody and help them understand their options and resources.”

For more information on how to get help or to talk to someone, visit SACenter.org.

Anyone with information on the recently reported incident should call Vanderbilt University Police at 615-322-2745.

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