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State College Police Say Sexual Assaults Not Linked, Cautions Residents

by on September 06, 2013 3:01 PM

Between Aug. 23 and Sept. 2 there have been five reports of sexual assaults in the State College area, and State College Police now say that none of them are related.

According to police in each of those cases, those who were assaulted said they knew their attackers. Four of the assaults occurred in the State College Borough, while the other occurred in Harris Township.

All of these cases are currently under investigation. Police also noted that each of the assaults happened late at night or early in the morning following alcohol-related functions.

With the first home Penn State football game coming up this weekend, both State College Police and Penn State Police noted that they receive reports of assaults during large event weekends and that alcohol often plays a significant role in these assaults. 

Police say you can reduce your chances of being a victim of sexual assault by knowing your limits when it comes to alcohol, avoid leaving parties alone, being aware of your surroundings, parking in well-lighted places and locking your doors and windows.

Penn State Police offers an escort service. They can be reached at 814-865-9255.

Adam Lidgett is a freelance reporter who has covered news and feature stories in State College and Centre County.
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