U of M Community on Alert after Sexual Assault of Student

Updated: 10/30/2013 7:42 AM
Created: 10/29/2013 6:39 PM
By: Todd Wilson

A disturbing crime has the University of Minnesota campus and nearby neighborhoods on high alert.

A young woman, who is a U of M student, was walking alone near the campus when she was beaten and sexually assaulted. The assault occurred between 2:40 and 3:10 a.m. on Sunday at the intersection of 15th Avenue S.E. and Brook Avenue S.E.  

Police say they are looking for the three men who attacked her.

Even though the assault involved a student and happened close to campus, it is considered an off-campus crime. U of M Police say one sexual assault has happened on campus this year.

University Police Chief Greg Hestness says female students need to remember to go out with a group, have a designated sober person and if you get into a dicey situation, "Don't be afraid to call 911."

The Neighborhood Involvement Program helps women overcome the trauma of a sexual assault. In 2012, they took in nearly 2,000 calls for help. The emotions from such a situation can vary. "One is fight, flight or freeze," Amanda Richards of NIP said.

Anyone with information on the assault is asked to call Minneapolis Police.

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