Hope College issues warning after 4th on-campus sexual assault is reported

Posted at 5:57 AM, Oct 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-04 05:57:29-04

HOLLAND, Mich. — Officials with Hope College have posted an alert to students, after a sexual assault was reported over the weekend — the fourth on-campus assault in the last month.

Officials say the warning was posted due to the number of assaults being reported, as well as the similarities between each incident.  Below is part of that warning, which you can see in full by clicking here.

A sexual assault occurred on campus this weekend that appears similar in nature to three other assaults that have been reported to confidential, on-campus resources over the past month. We are issuing a warning at this time based on the number and similarity of cases that have been reported. In every case, the suspect — a different person in each incident — was known to the survivor and alcohol was involved. We are working to support our survivors, which includes providing them with resources on and off campus and addressing the suspects as desired.

The warning then lists resources that are available to anyone who may be a victim of a sexual assault:

Counseling Center (CAPS): DeWitt Center – 2nd floor, 616-395-7945
Health Clinic: Dow Center – 1st floor, 616-395-7585
Campus Ministries: Keppel House, 616-395-7145
Confidential Advocate: Sara Bazydlo, DeWitt Center – 2nd floor, 616-395-7802
Campus Safety: 616-395-7770