ETSU reports two sexual assaults

ETSU reports two sexual assaults (Image 1)

Two sexual assaults have been reported on East Tennessee State University’s campus.

Both alleged assaults were reported this past week – one assault taking place in a residence hall on May 27 and the other one taking place at an off-campus fraternity house on May 31.

ETSU Public Safety received a report on June 3 of a female, non-student being sexually assaulted by a male student acquaintance in his dorm room on May 27.

According to an ETSU news release, no charges have been filed and ETSU Public Safety is investigating.

On June 4, ETSU received a second sexual assault report of a female, non-student being assaulted by a male acquaintance at an off-campus fraternity house. The assault reportedly took place on May 31.

“Where we are in the process right now is we’re not going to disclose those locations until we’ve had a chance to get more information, but what we do know at this time is that with the one that took place at a fraternity house, the suspect in that case is not part of a campus fraternity,” ETSU spokesperson Joe Smith said.

Smith said ETSU started sending safety notices out this year when an assault happens on campus in an effort to encourage more victims to come forward.

“If you look in recent years, there have been more reported this past year and we have issued the safety notices in the past year but again if you go back to the number we don’t really know what the truth is because so often these cases go under-reported,” Smith said.

According to the release, no charges have been filed and Johnson City Police Department is investigating.

News Channel 11’s Allie Hinds contributed to this report.

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Sexual assault reported on ETSU campus, 5th this academic year

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