MSU police respond to reported rape near campus

On Friday, Sept. 2, MSU issued a timely warning regarding an incident of sexual intercourse without consent across the street from campus, at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Garfield Street. The alert stated that the alleged rape occurred between 12:30 – 1:15 a.m., and that a suspect had been identified. An updated email indicated that MSU Police did not believe the suspect was a threat to the community.

MSU Police also advised students: “Being drunk does not mean a person is [asking] to be raped. Forcing sexual contact on another person without consent is against the law and MSU policy. Someone who is passed out, unconscious or incapacitated because of drugs or alcohol is unable to give consent. Sex without consent is sexual assault. Rape is never the victim’s fault.”

This was the first MSU alert issued during the fall 2016 semester.

The MSU Voice Center offers confidential support to victims of sexual violence. They can be reached 24 hours a day by phone at 994-7069, and their office is located on the third floor of the SUB in room 370.