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Deputies investigating alleged sexual assault at off-campus party near GVSU

Ottawa County sheriff 05012021
Posted at 12:35 PM, Feb 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-17 06:26:18-05

ALLENDALE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a report of a sexual assault at an off-campus party early Sunday morning.

At 3:30 a.m. Sunday, deputies received a report of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in Allendale Township. Upon arriving at the scene, the victim told them that she had been attending a party at an off-campus apartment complex near Grand Valley State University and had been sexually assaulted by an unknown male who was also attending the party.

Deputies are not releasing the victim’s name.

There is no description of the suspect.

At 7:44 a.m. Sunday, GVSU sent out the following alert to all students and faculty members:

"The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a report of a sexual assault that occurred at about 2 a.m. Sunday morning February 16, 2020. The victim/survivor is a student who reported attending a party, off campus, at a residence in Enclave Apartments, 4926 Becker Dr. in Allendale Township, when an unknown man at the party pulled the victim/survivor into a bedroom and committed rape.

Anyone with information should call the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office at (616) 738-4022 or Silent Observer at (877) 887-4536.

If you see suspicious activity call 911. If you are a victim of sexual assault, seek assistance by calling police. Additional resources are available at www.gvsu.edu/vro/ [gvsu.edu] or through the GVSU Center for Women and Gender Equity and Victim Advocate Krystal Diel at (616) 331-2748 or dielkrys@gvsu.edu."

Anyone with any information about this incident is being asked to contact the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office or Silent Observer at 1-877-88-SILENT.