VCU police investigating sexual assault, victim may have been drugged

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - VCU police are investigating a report of a sexual assault. According to officers, the victim may have been drugged before the assault.

An alert went out to students, faculty and staff Tuesday evening warning them about the incident, which was reported earlier in the day.

According to police, the victim disclosed little information. They don't know whether she was a student nor where and when the alleged incident took place.

In Monroe Park Tuesday afternoon, a welcome party was being held for incoming freshman. Many students told NBC12 that they received their first VCU alert even though classes haven't started yet.

"It makes me nervous," said VCU freshman Frances Monroe. "As long as I have friends with me and I don't accept drinks from strangers, I should be OK."

Tuesday morning, the same day police received the report of the sexual assault, VCU's police chief announced several safety enhancements his department has made.

VCU is stepping up patrols, has increased lighting and police have launched a phone app where students can keep in touch with officers.

VCU Police are also reminding members of the community of the following:

Sexual assault is non-consensual activity, ranging from unwanted touching to forced intercourse.

Alcohol and drug consumption can impair your judgment and decision making ability.

When consuming beverages, make or bring your own. Don't accept open beverages or drink beverages that have been mixed by others.

Never isolate yourself and let a sober friend know where you are and who you are with.

If you are ever in a situation where you are unsure or scared call VCU Police immediately.

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.

It can be assumed that conditions continue to exist that may pose a threat to members and guests of the community.

Anyone with information pertaining to this crime can contact the VCU Police Department at (804) 828-1234 or text VCUTIP to 274637 anonymously.

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