Posted: Oct 29, 2013 9:05 PM by KBZK News
Updated: Oct 29, 2013 10:18 PM
BOZEMAN - According to a warning issued by Montana State University, on Monday at 7:51 p.m., MSU Police responded to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital for a reported case of sexual intercourse without consent.
The assault is said to have happened in the early morning hours of Saturday, October 26th, in the North Hedges Residence Hall.
The victim reported spending time in the room of a male who she knew, when he sexually assaulted her.
While an investigation is pending, MSU Police is reminding all students, staff and campus visitors to be aware of the fact that sexual assaults typically occur between individuals that know each other and "stranger rapes" are rare. They also urge students to be aware that alcohol is the most common "date rape drug" used.
Officials advise that if a friend or acquaintance confides in you about having been raped, believe them.
To make sure that none of the evidence is lost, urge them not to shower or wash their clothes and encourage them to go to the nearest hospital for a sexual assault exam kit.
Officials say this is very important even if a victim is unsure what they want to do at that point.
MSU Police and advocates are always available to assist individuals who have been victimized by sexual assault and they offer crime prevention presentations as well as provide escorts for anyone on campus 24 hours a day.
To contact MSU Police, call 406-994-2121.
Advocates from the VOICE Center can be reached at 406-994-7069.
[Photo courtesy: Montana State University website]