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CSU Assault Investigation
WILBERFORCE -- Central State University is investigating the alleged sexual assault of a student.
According to CSU officials, the suspect is a CSU student and the assault happened on campus. They believe the victim and suspect knew each other.
According to a national study, 77 percent of sexual assault victims know their attacker. Laura Baxter with Project Woman, a rape prevention group in Springfield, says 1 in 4 women on campus have been through some type of sexual assault.
"This isn't the first time that something like this has happened and for a student to think so low of someone to have to rape them, that's just ridiculous," said Stazia Bowman, a CSU senior.
Police arrested the suspect and the investigation is now in the hands of the Greene County Sheriff's Office.
A notice was sent to Central State students notifying them of the assault last Thursday.
We did some digging and found sexual assault statistics from surrounding universities. From 2009 to 2011, Miami University had 27 reported sexual assaults. University of Dayton had 25 and Wright State had 15.
Reporter Annette Peagler spoke to students on campus and they said the incident happened inside Anderson Hall. It has plenty of female students on edge.
"Well I have what I call my mase. I keep it on me the majority of the time because at a certain age, 17 I was raped too in high school so I kind of take that really seriously," Bowman explained.
Giving your students mace is key, but experts say tell them to avoid dangerous situations like walking home alone, or staying at an unfamiliar place and always have a buddy system.
"If you drink, drink moderately, know your limits, know who your friends are and know where you are at. Always be aware of your surroundings," said Tiffany Abu-Bakar.
Anyone with information that may be helpful in this investigation, contact Central State Police at 937-376-5111.
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