IOWA CITY (AP) — After two more reports of sexual assaults last week, the University of Iowa president has pledged action will be taken to prevent rapes, support victims and prosecute offenders.
President Sally Mason made the comments Thursday after a student reported she was sexually assaulted in an off-campus fraternity house the previous weekend, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reported/
"Sexual assault is a terrible crime, one for which there is no excuse," Mason said in a statement. "Even one sexual assault in our community is too many, and we must confront this together as a community. I am committed to do everything in my power to end this terrible crime on our campus."
The incident marked the ninth campuswide warning of a sexual assault issued by university police since August.
The woman said she was at the fraternity house Feb. 15 when a member of the fraternity invited her to another room, where she was assaulted, campus police said. The student reported the incident to a university staff member, who told campus police.
"At this time the reporting party has decided not to report the incident to law enforcement and police are respecting her decision," University of Iowa police said on its website Friday.
The campus warnings, called "timely warnings," are issued as part of the university's compliance with the federal Clery Act, which requires colleges to keep and report statistics on crimes in and around campus.
Earlier last week, a university student reported being sexually assaulted Jan. 27 while she was walking on the west bank of the Iowa River. Police said the student was approached and assaulted by three unknown college-age males near a railroad tunnel near the Fine Arts building on campus.
Campus police also issued a "timely warning" last Tuesday about three sexual assaults that were reported in area taxicabs in January and February.
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