RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Two people have been arrested in connection with a reported sexual assault this past weekend.
VCU police say Mario Perry Johnson, 26, and Jamel Antonio Dunmore, 22, have been charged with the unlawful creation of an image of another.
Neither man is affiliated with VCU.
VCU police received reports of a sexual assault that was recorded and posted on Snapchat that is believed to have occurred either late Aug. 24 or in the early morning hours of Aug. 25.
Detectives were unable to determine the location of the assault, but it is believed to have taken place in an apartment of private residence.
Police said two people were asking VCU students about parties in downtown.
“It was this guy who had been to a party, and later he posts his friends having sex with a girl, but when I later kept watching, the girl was clearly unconscious, like she was flopped over," one student said, who viewed the video the night it was posted. “She wasn’t responding she wasn’t moving, and I instantly felt sick to my stomach.”
She showed it to her roommate to confirm her suspicions before contacting VCU Police.
“I can’t comprehend why someone would do it," the roommate told us.
Surveillance images were used to track the two men from Oregon Hill onto the VCU campus down Main Street near Gladding Residence Center.
“It’s bad enough to be assaulted, to be unconscious, be unable to know what’s going on and control your environment, and then not only to know that it happened, but to then have to see it on social media," said Becky Lee of the YWCA.
Lee has worked with sexual assault victims for 15 years, and says that victims of trauma tend to try to distance themselves from the experience, and that the healing should come on their terms.
“The survivor needs to be in control of their decisions, what they choose to do needs to be on their time. It may be six months, it may be a year, it may be five years down the road," she said.
Anyone with information is asked to call VCU police at (804) 828-1234, including anyone who was in downtown Richmond on Saturday night into Sunday morning or who may have seen the men walking near the VCU campus or at any parties.
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