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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Personal Safety Alert- Unwanted Sexual Contact

Unwanted Sexual Contact 10/23/2017

On 10/23/2017 University Security received a report of unwanted sexual contact that occurred in McElroy Residence Community in the early hours of Sunday (10/22/2017). The victim reported knowing the suspect. The identity of the suspect has not been provided to University Officials or the Mankato Police. The suspect is reported to live in McElroy Residence Community. University Officials are investigating.

2017-10-23
Unwanted Sexual Contact

 
On 10/23/2017 University Security received a report of unwanted sexual contact that occurred in McElroy Residence Community in the early hours of Sunday (10/22/2017). The victim reported knowing the suspect. The identity of the suspect has not been provided to University Officials or the Mankato Police. The suspect is reported to live in McElroy Residence Community. University Officials are investigating.
*Anyone with information about the above incident are urged to call University Security at 507-389-2111 or the Mankato Police at 507-304-4863.

Sexual assault is not sex; it is an act of violence. Although some people are assaulted by strangers, many other victims know their assailant.

If you or someone you know is sexually assaulted:
-Call University Security at 507-389-2111.
-An advocate will be contacted for free and confidential services anytime.
-To preserve evidence do not bathe, shower, or change your clothes until you have talked to an advocate or the police.

Sexual assault can happen to anyone. Anyone initiating any kind of sexual contact with another person must seek consent and not engage in sexual contact unless consent is given. The perpetrator, not the survivor, is responsible for any instance of sexual assault. Nothing a survivor does or does not do is an excuse for sexual assault.

According to Minnesota State Colleges and Universities 1B.3 Sexual Violence Policy, consent is defined as follows

Consent is informed, freely given and mutually understood. If coercion, intimidation, threats, and/or physical force are used, there is no consent. If the complainant is mentally or physically incapacitated or impaired so that the complainant cannot understand the fact, nature, or extent of the sexual situation, there is no consent; this includes conditions due to alcohol or drug consumption, or being asleep or unconscious. Silence does not necessarily constitute consent, and past consent of sexual activities does not imply ongoing future consent. Whether the respondent has taken advantage of a position of influence over the complainant may be a factor in determining consent.

For more information on consent, see http://www.mnsu.edu/students/basicstuff/policies.html#sexualviolence.
As the Sexual Violence Policy makes clear: “Minnesota State Colleges and Universities is committed to eliminating sexual violence in all forms and will take appropriate remedial action against any individual found responsible for acts in violation of this policy.”

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