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Police seeking person of interest following sexual battery incidents on MCV Campus

9/27/2016 12:09 pm

*UPDATE* 09/29/2016 12:50 p.m. 

VCUPD releases new photos of person of interest from Sept. 26 sexual battery incidents at MCV

The VCU Police Department has new photos of a person of interest following two sexual battery incidents on VCU’s MCV Campus. On Monday, Sept. 26, at 3:50 p.m., VCUPD received two reports of sexual battery at MCV occurring at approximately 3:45 p.m.

VCUPD detectives have been working diligently to identify one man they believe is responsible for both incidents. Police originally received different descriptions from victims, however, after further investigation, they believe one man assaulted both women. The incidents occurred within minutes of each other in adjacent buildings.

The first incident occurred at 3:45 p.m. in a first floor restroom of the McGlothlin Medical Education Center, located at 1201 E. Marshall St. A victim reported that a man pushed her against the wall and attempted to unbutton her pants. The victim was able to push the man away and he left the restroom. In the second incident, at approximately 3:45 p.m., a woman was standing outside the Kontos Medical Sciences Building, located at 1217 E. Marshall St. A man hit her buttocks and fled north on Marshall Street.

Detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify a person of interest in the investigation. Photos were released on Sept. 27, but additional photos of the man have been captured from VCU’s Monroe Park Campus. Police are releasing updated photos from VCU’s security camera system and from inside a local convenience store.

    

   

Anyone with information pertaining to this crime can contact the VCU Police Department 24/7. For emergencies call (804) 828-1234. For non-emergency tips call (804) 828-1196. You can also download the LiveSafe mobile safety application for free on a smart phone and submit tips, screen shots, photos and videos directly to VCU Police; tips are monitored 24/7.

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The Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department is releasing photos of a person of interest following two sexual battery incidents.

On Monday, Sept. 26, at 3:50 p.m., VCU Police received two reports of sexual battery incidents on the MCV Campus.

The first incident occurred at 3:45 p.m. in a first floor restroom of the McGlothlin Medical Education Center, located at 1201 E. Marshall St. A victim reported that a man pushed her against the wall and attempted to unbutton her pants. The victim was able to push the man away and he left the restroom.

In a second incident, at approximately 3:45 p.m., a woman was standing outside the Kontos Medical Sciences Building, located at 1217 E. Marshall St. A man hit her buttocks and fled north on Marshall Street.

Due to the timing of the incidents, and the close proximity of the buildings, VCU Police detectives are working to determine if the incidents are related. The VCU Police Department is asking for the public’s help to identify a person of interest in the investigation. Police are releasing photos of one person of interest from VCU’s security camera system.

Police have increased patrols on the MCV Campus.

Anyone with information pertaining to this crime can contact the VCU Police Department 24/7. For emergencies call (804) 828-1234. For non-emergency tips call (804) 828-1196. You can also download the LiveSafe mobile safety application for free on a smart phone and submit tips, screen shots, photos and videos directly to VCU Police; tips are monitored 24/7.

Notice of Crime – Sexual Battery – Core Campus - MCV

9/26/2016 5:04 pm

In compliance with the provisions of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1988 Virginia Commonwealth University is giving notice of two incidents of sexual battery.

Reported Offense:  On Sept. 26, 2016, at 3:50 p.m., VCU Police were notified of two incidents of sexual battery on the MCV Campus.

Incident #1

The incident took place at 3:45 p.m.  The suspect encountered the victim in a first floor restroom of the McGlothlin Medical Education Center.  The suspect pushed the victim against the wall and attempted to unbutton the victim’s pants.  The victim pushed the suspect away and the suspect left the restroom. 

Incident #2

At approximately 3:45 p.m. a victim was standing outside the front of the Kontos Medical Sciences Building when the suspect hit the victim on the buttocks and fled northbound toward Marshall Street.   

VCU Police are investigating both incidents and have increased patrols in the area.

Suspect Descriptions:

Suspect #1: In the first incident the suspect is described as a black male, 5’7” to 6’2” tall. He is described as having a slim build and was last seen wearing a white shirt or jacket and khaki pants. He was also described as having a goatee and wearing a black scarf on his head.

Suspect #2: In the second incident the suspect is described as a black male, wearing an orange shirt and a black bandana on his head.

VCU Police remind members of the community of the following:

•    Be alert and aware at all times when you are with acquaintances.
•    Be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts.
•    Report all suspicious people and circumstances to the VCU Police Department. If you see people that do not appear to belong in a VCU facility, please contact police.  

•    Engaging in any type of sexual activity without the voluntary, informed and active consent of your partner is sexual assault.

•    Always seek verbal, sober, clear consent. Immediately stop sexual advances if the other person indicates no interest or if they say "no." Consent to one sexual act does not imply consent to another. The absence of a “no” does not mean “yes.”
•    Sexual assault is non-consensual activity, ranging from unwanted touching to forced intercourse, which can include sexual contact with someone who is impaired by alcohol, drugs, or any other intoxicant that impairs the person’s judgment.
•    Alcohol and drugs may impair judgment, making it difficult to notice unsafe situations and intervene to help others. If either party is incapacitated by alcohol or drugs, consent cannot be given.
•    Never pressure or coerce someone into engaging in sexual activity.
•    Approximately 75% of rapes are committed by acquaintances (https://rainn.org/).
•    If you are ever in a situation where you are unsure, or scared, call VCU Police at (804) 828-1234 immediately.
•    If you witness a situation that appears unsafe or makes you uncomfortable, intervene if it's safe to do so or go to a safe area and call for help. Bystander intervention is a known tool to help to prevent campus sexual assault. We encourage the VCU community to download and use the free LiveSafe mobile safety application on iOS and Android smart phones.
•    Be on the lookout for suspicious people who may attempt to isolate someone who is intoxicated or has been drinking.

Be aware of tactics used:

Tactics used to commit sexual assault include intruding into someone’s personal space physically, isolation and “feeding” or encouraging alcohol and/or other drug consumption.

Although alcohol is the most commonly used drug to facilitate sexual assault, other tactics include adding drugs, such as GHB, Ketamine, or Rohypnol, to a person’s drink to incapacitate them. GHB, also known as Liquid Ecstasy, relaxes a person’s inhibitions, causes drowsiness, and may result in a loss of consciousness. Ketamine, also known as Special K, makes a person feel as if they are separated from their body and detached from reality. Rohypnol causes a person to become drowsy, dizzy, and lack motor control and coordination. Prescription drugs, such as benzodiazepines or anti-anxiety medications, are also sometimes used to incapacitate an individual.

Using or requesting the use of contraceptives and/or safer sex methods is not the same as consenting to sexual activity.

Develop a safety plan with friends. Help each other to stay safe by sticking together and making sure someone does not become isolated. Use safety apps, such as Circle of 6 or LiveSafe to notify others if you feel unsafe, isolated or need assistance.

VCU’s Sexual Misconduct/Violence and Sex/Gender Discrimination Policy:

VCU will take prompt and appropriate action to eliminate Prohibited Conduct, prevent its recurrence and remedy its effects.  Prohibited Conduct includes sexual assault, sexual exploitation, partner or relationship violence (including stalking), other sex or gender-based discrimination, retaliation, and complicity.  For more information on the definition of Prohibited Conduct and the related University procedures, refer to VCU’s Sexual Misconduct/Violence and Sex/Gender Discrimination Policy.

The University will not pursue disciplinary action based on disclosure of personal consumption of drugs or alcohol where such disclosures are made in connection with a good faith report of prohibited conduct under university policy or an individual’s cooperation in an administrative investigation. 

The University will take remedial and protective measures to protect a Complainant and facilitate the Complainant’s continued access to university employment or education programs and activities.  These measures may include, but are not limited to, no-contact directives, residence modifications, and academic modifications and support.

If you are the victim of a sexual assault many options are available to you; retaliation for reporting is strictly prohibited.

If you have been the victim of a sexual assault, you are not alone. There are people at VCU, and in the Richmond community, who are here to support you. We encourage you to report to VCU Police and the university’s Title IX office. After speaking with a specially trained VCU Police officer, a criminal investigation can begin; you have the right to participate or decline to participate in a criminal investigation.

Reporting & Support Resources:

VCU Police  

Report a sexual assault or sexual crime to the VCU Police Department through the VCU Police You Have Options online portal:  http://www.reportingoptions.org/vcu-pd

Emergency #: (804) 828-1234 (Ext. 8-1234 from a VCU campus phone)
Non-Emergency #: (804) 828-1196

VCUPD Sexual violence resources on the Web: https://police.vcu.edu/sexual_violence/victim_witness_program.html

Cpl. Tricia Mozingo, VCU Police Victim-Witness Specialist

(804) 828-6356
E-mail: tlmozingo@vcu.edu

If you have general questions about the criminal justice process, even if you are not ready to report, you may contact Cynthia Micklem, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Richmond, at (804) 646-8685 or by e-mailing Cynthia.Micklem@richmondgov.com.

Medical Care

Survivors can go to the VCU Medical Center, or other local hospitals, for medical care including STI testing and treatment and pregnancy prevention. A trained forensic nurse is also available to conduct a Physical Evidence Recovery Kit (P.E.R.K. exam). This special medical exam is given to people who have been sexually assaulted to collect evidence that may be helpful in the investigation and prosecution of the sexual assault, if survivors choose to do so.  P.E.R.K. exams are provided at no cost. If you think you may want to report the assault to police, the sooner you have evidence collected, the better.

Within 5 days: VCU Medical Center's forensic nursing office, 1250 E. Marshall St., (804) 628-0623.

After 5 days: University Student Health Services, 1300 W. Broad St., Suite 2200, (804) 828-8828.

Forensic nursing services are also available at these facilities: St. Mary’s Hospital, Richmond Community Hospital, St. Francis Watkins Centre, Memorial Regional Medical Center, St. Francis Medical Center. To reach forensic nurses at these hospitals call: (804) 281-8184 (Emergency) or Non-Emergency (804) 281-8574.

If you are not ready to report, or are unsure, please consider contacting a confidential counselor or victim advocate for yourself or a friend:

VCU University Counseling Services:  (804) 828-6200 (Monroe Park Campus) or (804) 828-3964 (MCV Campus). To speak with a counselor after hours, call VCU Police at (804) 828-1234 and ask to be connected to an on-call counselor. Services are confidential. Web: Students.vcu.edu/counseling

The Wellness Resource Center: To explore your options for reporting, counseling, support groups and other resources, including sexual assault and domestic violence services, you can contact VCU’s Wellness Resource Center (The Well) to speak with a victim advocate:  (804) 828-9355. Services are confidential. Web: http://www.thewell.vcu.edu/

The Greater Richmond Regional Hotline (24/7):  (804) 612-6126. Services are confidential.

LGBTQ Partner Abuse & Sexual Assault Helpline (24/7):  (866) 356-6998. Services are confidential.

YWCA of Richmond:  (804) 612-6126. Services are confidential. Web: www.ywcarichmond.org/

University Safety Case Manager:   VCU’s Threat Assessment Team assesses and responds accordingly to any threatening behaviors and dangerous incidents involving students, faculty or staff before escalation to violence. To reach the university’s safety case manager, call (804) 837-8753. For emergencies, call VCU Police: (804) 828-1234. Web: http://www.students.vcu.edu/safety/

VCU Equity and Access Services leads, coordinates, and supports civil rights compliance, including Title IX, for the university community: (804) 828-1347. Web: http://www.equity.vcu.edu/

Laura Walsh Rugless, Title IX Coordinator

(804) 828-6404

E-mail: lrugless@vcu.edu or titleix@vcu.edu

Matthew Meneely, Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Investigations

(804) 827-8319

E-mail: mmeneely@vcu.edu

Tammi Slovinsky, Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students

(804) 827-1963

E-mail: tslovinsky@vcu.edu

Cathleen C. Burke, Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Employees

(804) 828-3248

E-mail: ccburke@vcu.edu

Sofia A. Hiort-Wright, Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Athletics

(804) 828-2184

E-mail: shiort@vcu.edu

Confidential Ethics and Compliance Helpline: (888) 242-6022 (toll free)                                                    Web: https://secure.ethicspoint.com/domain/media/en/gui/21805/index.html

VCU Integrity and Compliance Office, Audit and Compliance Services, Policy Program

Web: http://www.policy.vcu.edu/

If you want to get involved in ending violence and supporting students who have been impacted by violence, you can contact the following VCU student groups:


Students Advocating Violence Education & Support (SAVES): (804) 828-9355
Men Against Violence (MAV): (804) 828-9355

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to share this safety information with other members of the community and are asked to be aware of their surroundings. Use the campus RamSafe transportation service between the hours of 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. by calling (804) 828-SAFE (7233) or visit http://www.ramsafe.vcu.edu.

Students, faculty, staff and citizens of Richmond are asked to report all suspicious persons or incidents, however minor, to VCU Police immediately.

Anyone with information pertaining to this crime can contact the VCU Police Department 24/7. For emergencies call (804) 828-1234. For non-emergency tips call (804) 828-1196. You can also download the LiveSafe mobile safety application for free on a smart phone and submit tips, screen shots, photos and videos directly to VCU Police; tips are monitored 24/7.

 

Preparedness

It is essential to be prepared for emergency situations and to be cognizant of ways to prevent crime and avoid dangerous situations.

The Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department would like to remind students, in particular, to keep personal safety in mind. There are certain things you need to be aware of as residents of an urban environment, as crimes may occur in our community.

The best defense is to be prepared and to take responsibility for your own safety and for that of your friends and fellow students. Be aware of your surroundings at all times, walk with a friend and make use of RamSafe, VCU’s security escort service. For additional safety tips from the VCU Police, please see www.police.vcu.edu and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to read VCU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report Get Adobe Reader and to share this information with other members of the community.

VCU is dedicated to promoting a safe and secure environment for learning, living, working or visiting.