Less than a week before Sen. Claire McCaskill came in order to speak out against sexual assault on college campuses, a student reported a sexual assault here at Missouri Western. On wednesday, Oct. 1 at around 11:30 p.m., campus security was called to Vaselakos Hall regarding an alleged sexual assault that took place the day before.
According to the narrative of responding Officer Hassan McGaughy the investigation is still continuing.
“On 10/1/14 I, Officer McGaughy responded to Vaselakos Hall [room number redacted] in reference to a sexual assault that occurred on 9/30/14. Upon arrival, Housing was notified and responded. Investigation to continue,” the report said.
The report also identified the reported crime as “sexual assault 1st degree,” which involves sexual intercourse with another person knowing that he or she does so without that person’s consent and is a class C felony.
University President Robert Vartabedian believes that it is important to protect the victim’s rights and respect her wishes at this point in time.
“We’re in a bind in terms of protecting her rights and her wishes not to have it pursued,” Vartabedian said. “We’re watching it very closely.”
On May 1 of this year a female student reported being assaulted a few days earlier on April 28.
According to the campus safety report, there were two forcible sex crimes in both 2011 and 2012, but none last year.