ATHENS, Ohio (WCMH) — Police at Ohio University are searching for a man suspected of raping a student on campus this week.
This comes just two months after rapes were reported on campus over the Labor Day weekend.
According to an alert from Ohio University police, a student reported to police that she was raped in her dorm room, in Sowle Hall, early Tuesday morning. The victim told police she communicated with the man via Snapchat and then met with him at her room. She told police that the man raped her after she turned down his advances.
Several students at OU said Wednesday night that it was a scary situation.
Haleigh Haugh, a freshman, said she was in the library working with other students when she heard what was in the police alert.
“I think that it is a little unsettling, especially like walking home alone at night, just trying to do what I need to do,” Haugh said
“It’s concerning to know that one of my peers was in that situation and it worries me that the man hasn’t been caught who did it,” said Peter Malloy, another freshman who was walking home from playing basketball with fellow freshmen Brian Johnson and Alex Simpson.
All three young men agreed it was a scary situation and made them concerned for female students.
“It’s just sad to know that women here, they just want to be students here and they have to worry about this stuff,” Johnson said.
Alex Simpson said it was alarming to know the suspect hadn’t yet been caught.
“Be smart about how you use your social media, cause that’s obviously a big way these guys can find any girl they want, really,” Simpson said.
OU police described the suspect as a white, college-aged male about five feet, ten inches to six feet tall. The description said he was heavier-set with blonde hair and facial hair on his chin.
Police also reminded everyone in the alert that sexual contact without consent is a crime. They noted that social media can be ambiguous, so people should not make assumptions about someone’s intentions.