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Miami sees five sexual assaults in two months

By Carleigh Turner, Senior Staff Writer

Just over two months into the school year, Miami University students have received five alerts stating a student has reported a sexual assault. The most recent two occured this week.

Oct. 31 -- 2 assaults reported

The Miami Institutional Response team alerted the Miami community, online, that the Oxford Police Department on Monday told the Miami Police Department about two reports it received about sexual assaults the prior 10 days.

In the first incident, a female student told police she was sexually assaulted by a male she knows on Oct. 21 at about 6 a.m. The attack happened in a house on College Avenue, according to the report. The male is reportedly not a Miami student.

In the second incident, a female student told Oxford police she was assaulted by an unknown male Oct. 23 in an apartment complex on Reagan Place. It is not known if the suspect is a Miami student.

Miami said there is no description of either suspect.

Early October report

A female Miami student reported being sexually assaulted sometime between Oct. 1 and Oct. 10, according to a report from OPD.

According to an alert on the myMiami website, the victim reported knowing the male who assaulted her at the 0 block of North Main Street.

Sept. 13 report

Miami students received an email at 8:32 a.m alerting them that a male student reported being sexually assaulted by a female that he knew. The assault occurred at an unknown residence hall in Oxford.

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The assault was reported to have occurred early on the morning of Sept. 11.

Aug. 27 report

During the first week of school, Miami students received their first Campus Crime Alert of the 2016-17 school year. The email alerted students that a female student was sexually assaulted by a male student that she knew.

The event was reported to have occurred at an unidentified fraternity house, early in the morning of Aug. 25.

On Monday, as the university released the latest news about reports of sexual assaults, the Institutional Response Team also advised students to be aware of their surroundings and to stay with friends.

The Monday posting reminded students:

to say something if they see something, noting that part of "I am Miami" includes watching out for other students.

that sexual activity requires consent and that persons who are intoxicated may not be capable of consent.

that students who feel uncomfortable with friends or strangers should remove themselves from the situation.

Miami's Health Services Center can assist persons who are victims of sexual and interpersonal violence offenses.