Nine sexual assaults near Cal Poly may be linked
May 29, 2014
Since 2012, there have been nine sexual assaults near Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo in which a man attacks a woman from behind, and now police think the attacks may be linked. [MustangNews]
In each case, a white or Hispanic male in his 20s grabs a woman from behind and tries to pull down her underwear. After the woman screams, the suspect runs away.
The latest two attacks occurred in April.
One in five female college students are sexually assaulted before they graduate. Even so, this type of assault is unusual.
“That’s actually the rare type of sexual assault; the stuff that actually happens quite frequently at Cal Poly that doesn’t enter the statistics is more of the acquaintance, the date rape,” said Christopher Bickel, who teaches about sexual assault in his criminal justice classes.
University officials are addressing the rash of sexual assaults through emergency alerts and encouraging safe practices.