LOS ANGELES, Calif. (FOX 11)
An increase in sexual assaults reported at Cal State University Northridge has some students alarmed.
“I think it’s a very high number,” Olivia Morris, CSUN sophomore, said.
According to the university police crime log, four assaults were reported in just the last two months.
The incidents happened at University Park which is a cluster of apartments that house students from freshman to seniors.
“It’s kind of scary, but it makes me more aware about what’s going on.” freshman, Ty Wallace, said. “I want to tell my friends about it to let them know be careful.”
November 3rd was the last reported rape, when the victim told police someone she met at an off campus party assaulted her.
The other assaults happened on November 1st, October 27th and September 29th.
In all these incidents, police said, the victim knew the suspect and most often they were partying together.
The assaults prompted the university to send a campus wide email.
“It pretty much warned us about sexual assault and generally told us that it’s happening more often on campus,” freshman, Erika Byron, said.
But the university believes the higher number could be attributed to more victims who feel comfortable coming forward than in the past.
CSUN has several programs to educate students about sexual assault.
“What we do before we register, it’s mandatory that we take a Title 9 training, Title 9 is the thing that prevents sexual assault,” freshman, Ryan Calderon, said.
And while the school is working toward 100 percent prevention, most students said they still feel safe on campus.