BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — The Virginia Tech community received a crime alert on Monday after campus police received a report over the weekend of a sexual assault involving two students in the Lane Stadium parking lot.
According to a statement from the university, the sexual assault was reported to the Virginia Tech Police Department on Sunday, Aug. 22, but took place in the football stadium parking lot the evening of Friday, Aug. 20.
School officials say both the victim and the accused are Virginia Tech students, but they did not know each other prior to this incident.
Virginia Tech says this information is being released in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Police and Campus Crime Statistics Act requiring all colleges and universities participating in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on or near campus.
Campus police urge students not to engage in sexual activities without communicating your limits, understanding your partner’s limits, and receiving affirmative consent.
According to the university, the Student Code of Conduct defines consent as “knowing, voluntary, and clear permission by word or action, to engage in mutually agreed upon sexual activity. The existence of consent is based on the totality of circumstances, including the context in which the alleged consent occurred. Silence does not necessarily constitute consent and coercion, force, or threat of either party invalidates consent. Consent cannot be given where a person is incapacitated due to drugs or alcohol; or where a person has a disability, or is not of legal age to consent as defined by law. Consent to any one form of sexual activity cannot automatically imply consent to any other forms of sexual activity. Consent can be withdrawn at any time. Previous relationships or prior consent cannot imply consent to future sexual acts.”
For more information about Virginia Tech’s resources for sexual assault survivors, click here.
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