Student reported incident being investigated by Fort Worth police as sexual assault

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A TCU student reported a sexual assault Aug. 24 to the TCU Police Department.

Robert Rangel, the assistant chief of TCU police, sent out an email yesterday notifying students of the incident and that the Fort Worth Police Department is currently investigating the incident as a sexual assault.

The suspect of the incident was an acquaintance of the victim.

As of Friday morning, Fort Worth Sergeant Stephen Hall said there was no further information available. Rangel said TCU police cannot give further information on the incident without the consent of the Fort Worth police.

The email sent out by Rangel consisted of safety tips to help prevent such crimes from occurring:

  • People who are incapacitated by alcohol or drugs cannot give consent
  • Bystanders should be aware of their surroundings, and if there are signs of a person in distress, bystanders should make themselves known and offer assistance if it is safe to do so and/or seek immediate help from police or security personnel
  • Regardless of what happens during an incident, you have the right to report the crime and to receive services and accommodation

Twelve rapes were reported in 2015 to TCU police in on-campus student housing, according to the 2016 Annual Campus Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report

The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network website states 11.2 percent of college students experience sexual assault or rape “through physical force, violence and incapacitation.”

RAINN also states only 20 percent of female students aged from 18-24 who are sexual assault victims report to law enforcement.

TCU policy prohibits such misconduct in regards to discrimination, harassment and sexual assault, including non-consensual sexual contact, non-consensual sexual intercourse, incest, statutory rape and such dating or domestic violence.

TCU policy says consent is defined as, “knowing, active, and voluntary permission between the participants, clearly expressed by words or by actions, to engage in mutually agreed upon sexual activity.”

Students who may be victims of a crime can receive resources and services by Campus Life in Sadler Hall. If a student experiences or witnesses a crime, he or she can report it to the TCU police. TCU police can be contacted by calling 817-257-7930.

TCU 360 will continue to update this story as new developments occur.