Five reports of sexual assault made to UP; two investigations still open

Alan Perez, Campus Editor

Five reports of sexual assault have been made to University Police this month, a rise from zero for the same period a year ago.

Two of the reports are still open, according to UP’s crime blotter. UP referred comment to Northwestern spokesman Bob Rowley, who said he doesn’t have details to share at this time.

“Please remember we are constrained by privacy laws which limit what the University can say in cases such as these in order to protect student privacy,” Rowley said in an email to The Daily.

One report made reference to an incident in 1997. Sarah Wake, the interim associate vice president for equity, said earlier this month that Northwestern students had been coming forward to report past sexual misconduct incidents after the Supreme Court hearing of Brett Kavanaugh.

“My general impression is that people are coming forward to the Office of Equity and other campus partners to discuss incidents that happened in their past because the testimony inspired them (or) evoked difficult memories,” Wake said at the time, declining to provide specifics.

The two open reports were made on Oct. 28. One allegedly occurred Oct. 27 on Gaffield Place, while the other on Oct. 28 on Ridge Avenue.

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