Seventh sexual assault reported at SDSU

Seventh sexual assault reported at SDSU

By Lyndsay Winkley | U-T San Diego

— A San Diego State University student reported being sexually assaulted this weekend, becoming the seventh in a string of sexual assaults reported since the semester began.

The woman was at a party on Hardy Avenue near 55th Street where she was assaulted by a shirtless man in dress slacks, SDSU Capt. Josh Mays said. The incident happened sometime Saturday night or early Sunday morning between 10:30 p.m. and 2:30 a.m.

The suspect was described as white, about 6 feet tall, with brown hair. Anyone with information about the incident can call police at (619)235-8477. Information can also be sent to

Six other sexual assaults have been reported since the semester began, Mays said.

On Sept. 1, a student got separated from her friends at a party on Campus Avenue. A college-aged man offered to help her find them, but instead escorted her to a bathroom and assaulted her.

Less than a a week later, on Sept. 6, a student told police she was sexually assaulted in her apartment on Hardy Avenue. She said a stranger followed her to the Granada apartment complex about 1:40 a.m. He tried to befriend her then followed her into her bedroom where he assaulted her.

On Sept. 20, a student was sexually assaulted by a student she knows and had been hanging out with earlier that day at an on-campus apartment about 5:15 p.m.

About a month later, on Oct. 25, a woman was hanging out with a college-aged man at off-campus apartments owned by the university on 55th Street near Remington Road about 1 a.m. when she was sexually assaulted. She reported the incident to police about 90 minutes later.

Two others assaults have been reported as well, Mays said. No arrests have been made.

Students at the college held a march Friday called “Take Back the Night,” which protested and brought awareness to sexual violence and sexual assaults. About 35 students marched along Montezuma Road and Hardy Avenue, where the most recent sexual assault took place.

SDSU put together a task force on sexual violence to review the campus’ policies in September, a move preceded by recommendations released by a White House Task Force regarding how colleges could better prevent and respond to such incidents. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Education is investigating how dozens of institutions handled sexual misconduct complaints.



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