Sexual assault reported by Texas Tech, gives safety tips to stay aware

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LUBBOCK, Texas– Texas Tech reported Thursday that a sexual assault occurred in the early morning hours in a TTU Residence Hall, according to a notification from the university.

“The incident was reported to the Office for Student Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct. The incident is currently being reviewed by the Office for Student Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct,” the notification said.

The university also offered safety tips to help people stay aware of their surroundings.

Additional information can be reported to the Texas Tech Police Department at (806) 742-3931 or the Office for Student Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct at (806) 742-7233.

People can also report an incident of sexual violence HERE.

For more safety tips and concerns, read the full notification from Tech below:

On Thursday, October 28, 2021, a student reported to a Campus Security Authority (CSA) an aggravated assault/sexual assault by an unidentified male. The incident occurred in the early morning hours of October 28, 2021 in a TTU Residence Hall. The incident was reported to the Office for Student Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct. The incident is currently being reviewed by the Office for Student Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct.

Further Information:
Additional information can be reported to the Texas Tech Police Department (806-742-3931) or the Office for Student Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct at 806-742-7233.

SAFETY TIPS: Sexual assault can happen to anyone. Each member of the TTU community shares in the responsibility to create and maintain a safe and respectful environment for all individuals. You can help reduce the risk of sexual assault by being an active bystander and watching out for the safety of others. While not all crimes of sexual violence are alike, the following information may be helpful:

  • Perpetrators of sexual assault are often more likely to assault someone they know, rather than a stranger. The perpetrator, not the survivor, is responsible for any instance of sexual assault.
  • Consent – Anyone initiating any kind of sexual contact with another person must obtain their consent. Consent is an agreement or permission expressed through mutually understandable words or actions actively communicated to all parties involved. Consent cannot be given by someone who is incapacitated due to the use of alcohol and/or drugs or is asleep. Consent can be withdrawn at any time and cannot be assumed. Consent cannot be coerced or compelled by force, threat, deception, or intimidation.
  • Personal Safety – Perpetrators may use social media platforms to meet potential victims. Be cautious on what you share and how you use social media. Perpetrators often use drugs and/or alcohol to target potential victims. Date rape drugs are tasteless, colorless, odorless, can be ingested in a multitude of forms, and effects are not immediately apparent. Be cautious of any substance you are drinking, eating, or inhaling that you have not personally prepared and has not remained in your constant control.
  • Bystander Intervention – Look out for your friends and be aware of potentially unsafe situations. If you go somewhere alone, tell someone you trust where you are going, whom you will be with, when you expect to return. If you see someone in trouble, safely intervene or call the police immediately. If you are concerned about getting in trouble if you call the police or report an incident to the University, please be aware that the state of Texas and the University have amnesty policies that can protect those who report misconduct to the University, contact law enforcement, or seek medical assistance for unsafe or emergency situations. Details about the University amnesty policy can be found in the Student Handbook.

To learn more about bystander intervention, sexual assault, consent, and healthy relationships, the RISE (Risk Intervention & Safety Education) office provides educational workshops, campus wide events, and resource documents on these and many other topics. Email RISE@ttu.edu or visit RISE.ttu.edu for more information.

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