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Police Investigate Rape Reported at Northern Kentucky University



This story has been updated to correct a statement that this was the second reported rape or sexual assault on campus this semester. It is the only one reported this semester. Another one was reported last October. RCN regrets and apologizes for the error. The story has also been updated with comments from the university spokesperson and the chief of police.

Northern Kentucky University Police are investigating a report of a rape on campus.

On Wednesday, a sexual assault was reported to campus police. The victim said it happened on Saturday evening at the Woodcrest Apartments on campus.

The suspect is alleged to have used marijuana or a marijuana derivative possibly laced with an unknown substance to incapacitate the victim in furtherance the assault. The victim and suspect are both NKU students and were previously acquainted. The incident is under police investigation at this time.

The police alerted the campus community via email. 

"The safety and well being of our campus community remains our top priority, and University Police issued the timely warning to inform our students, faculty and staff after this incident was reported," said NKU spokesperson Anna Wright. Given that this is an active investigation, we do not have any additional comments or information to share. However, within our campus, we strive to promote a culture that does not tolerate sexual misconduct or assault, and we provide training and support for our students.”  
“Timely warnings are designed to increase campus safety by proactively informing the community of recently reported incidents. We have a number of measures in place on our campus help our students, staff and faculty feel secure, including a police escort available 24 hours a day and blue light emergency boxes," said POlice Chief John Gaffin. "With this current case, I can say that our officers are investigating and looking at all leads.”

-Staff report