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State College Police Investigate Report of Sexual Assault

by on April 18, 2014 3:09 PM

State College police are investigating a report of a sexual assault.

The incident was reported to police just before 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

The incident reportedly occurred earlier in the 500 block of West College Avenue.

Police did not release additional details Friday.

Meanwhile, Penn State police investigated two reports of on-campus sexual assaults last month.

According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, roughly 60 percent of sexual assaults never get reported to police, making it one of the most underreported crimes in the United States.

Experts say one in four women and one in six men will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime with college-aged women most likely to be victimized.

Penn State University has seen a dramatic increase in such crimes since 2010 when four on-campus sexual assaults were reported compared to 56 in 2012.

The university attributes part of the increase to the crimes of Jerry Sandusky, the former assistant football coach convicted of child abuse, as well as an increase in university training related to sexual assault prevention and reporting.

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Jennifer Miller is a reporter for StateCollege.com. She has worked in journalism since 2005. She's covered news at the local, state and national level with an emphasis on crime and local government.
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