OXFORD, Ohio (FOX19) - Miami University police are investigating a report of a sexual assault on campus, according to a safety bulletin posted to the department’s Facebook page.
The incident reportedly happened between 11:30 and 11:40 p.m on Sunday in an outdoor area in the northern part of central quad.
Police say a female student was sexually assaulted by a male subject she did not know.
“It probably happens more than what we realize because a lot of females are very anxious about making these reports. They’re afraid that they won’t be believed or afraid that they’ll be blamed,” Psychologist Dr. Ed Connor said.
Dr. Connor believes all students on campus, especially women, need to be careful. He said that in his experience, a man who is bold enough to go after someone he does not know could be bold enough to do it again.
“Keep everyone on alert until the individual is apprehended because unfortunately if he thinks he can get away with this once, he’s more apt to do it again,” Dr. Connor said.
When it comes to keeping yourself safe, police and Dr. Connor say students should take extra precautions and report anything suspicious they see.
If you are a sexual assault survivor, Dr. Connor says, don’t be afraid to reach out for help.
“Maybe with a professional or a support group of survivors so that they realize there is a path back to healing,” Dr. Connor said.
You can learn more about resources that are available to survivors of sexual assault at Miami on the university’s website.
The suspect is described as college age, 6-foot-2-inches tall, 200 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. He also has a noticeable gap in his front teeth and was wearing a black t-shirt, jean, and white 3-stripe Adidas tennis shows.
If you have any information about the incident, you’re asked to call Miami University police at (513) 529-2222.