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Virginia Tech Police investigating second sexual assault involving students in less than a week

New River Valley News

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — For the second time this week, Virginia Tech alerted the Hokie community to a sexual assault that occurred on campus between two students.

The university says the Virginia Tech Police Department received a report about the sexual assault on Tuesday, Aug. 24.

The assault reportedly occurred at 720 Washington Street — outside of West Ambler Johnston Hall — during the early morning hours of Thursday, Aug. 19.

According to school officials, both the victim and the accused are Virginia Tech students and were acquaintances prior to the incident.

This information is being released in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Police and Campus Crime Statistics Act, which reportedly requires all colleges and universities participating in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on or near campus.

Tuesday’s alert comes just two days after campus police were notified of a sexual assault between two students in the parking lot of Lane Stadium. However, in the parking lot incident — which occurred the evening of Friday, Aug. 20 — the victim and the alleged offender did not know each other, the university says.

Once again, the Virginia Tech Police Department urges 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 Consent can be withdrawn at any time.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.”

To learn more about Virginia Tech’s resources for sexual assault survivors, follow this link.

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