By Liam Dacko
An experienced sexual assault investigator for the Easton Police Department joined the investigation into an attack that occurred near the MacPhaidan Library Sunday.
This announcement was made to the Stonehill community via email Tuesday afternoon.
Campus Police is continuing to search for potential witnesses to the attack, which reportedly took place around 2 a.m. The victim described the assailant as a male with strawberry-blond hair.
David Williams ’17 said he is glad the school is bringing in someone experienced with this type of case to investigate the assault. He also said, though, the news was a bit jarring.
“It makes the seriousness of the situation all the more real,” he said.
Maddy Ryan ’16 is happy to see the school being proactive.
“It makes me feel good that they are putting in the extra effort to make campus safer,” she said.
The College has implemented a number of other measures to help with the investigation and keep students safe.
The email announcement sent Tuesday afternoon featured a reminder that if anyone has information about the case, they should contact Campus Police immediately at 508-565-5555.
Campus Police has also started distributing “See It, Hear It, Report It” fliers across campus that feature safety tip reminders. The phrase “See It, Hear It, Report It” is one Chief of Campus Police Peter Carnes used repeatedly in a conversation with Summit reporters about the assault.
Campus patrols by cruiser, bike, and foot have also been increased in light of the attack.
Student Affairs is working to make students aware of a number of resources available to them in cases of sexual assault. A list of those resources can be accessed by visiting http://www.stonehill.edu/offices-services/health-wellness/share-sexual-harassment-assaul/.
Students have also gotten involved in the effort to curb this type of violence on campus. The group Women’s Health and Empowerment Now (WHEN) started a movement to show support for survivors by expressing messages of support using chalk graffiti. For more information on this initiative, visit http://www.stonehill.edu/news-media/snapshot/details/empowering-words/.