Follow Up: Sexual Assault In COC Parking Lot

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On March 30, 2015 between the hours of 8 and 9 p.m. a female student was walking to her car when she heard footsteps approaching from behind. She turned around, and a man grabbed her breasts then pushed her to the ground. The incident occurred on Campus Drive near lots 5 and 6 (east side of campus).

The suspect is described as a white male, 18 to 25 years old with facial hair, wearing a dark hoody with a gray baseball cap, basketball-type shorts and long socks. College of the Canyons is investigating the incident, but is not optimistic about finding any leads.

Michael Wilding, Assistant Superintendent of COC states, “It was one of those things where the victim didn’t have a lot for us to go on, and no witnesses came forward from the email we sent to the entire campus community.” On-campus assaults are very rarely reported on campus, but a study by the RTI International shows 19% of woman said that they experienced attempted or completed sexual assault since entering college.

College of the Canyons stresses the importance of being aware of your surroundings at all times and traveling with a friend whenever possible. Student Harlee Williams told us, “I don’t try to walk by myself- I always try to make sure I’m with someone else.”

Both the Valencia and Canyon Country Campuses also offer “Campus Escort Services”, a free service which is available to take students, faculty and visitors to any destination on campus. They will even drive you to your car at night.

For more information on Campus Escorts, visit their website.

If you or someone you know is a victim of assault on campus, contact Campus Safety at (661)-362-3229 or fill out their online tip form.




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