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The Virginia Tech Police Department (VTPD) issued a crime alert Monday, Nov. 18, notifying recipients of a forcible fondling report that occured at noon on Nov. 15 at 155 Otey St.

The survivor and suspect were acquaintances that met through an online dating app, according to VTPD. Both are Virginia Tech students.

In addition, VTPD offered general information about sexual assault, including that any college community member could be a target of a sexual assault regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation, and that sexual assault survivors are never responsible or to blame for the suspect’s behavior. Moreover, VTPD stated that the most common type of sexual assault is typically by someone the survivor knows.

To report a sexual assault or to find out more about next steps, VTPD stated people can go to www.stopabuse.vt.edu. The department also provided the following resources:

Women's Center at Virginia Tech: 540-231-7806

Women's Resource Center of the New River Valley: 540-639-1123

Kelly Oaks, Title IX Coordinator: 540-231-8771

Katie Polidoro, Deputy Title IX Coordinator: 540-231-1824

Cook Counseling Center: 540-231-6557

Dean of Students Office: 540-231-3787

Virginia Tech Police Department: 540-382-4343

Furthermore, visit police.vt.edu to find out information on personal safety programs, including Rape Aggression Defense for women, Resisting Aggression with Defense for men and the One Love workshop.

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