UA assault numbers don't 'add up'

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - We have obtained copies of incident reports breaking down the number of assaults on the University of Arizona campus following an assault on Monday.

Since 2009,  university police say there have been 12 sexual assaults on campus; nine of them are rapes. They have also had 19 assaults reported on campus.

The incident on Monday happened in broad daylight when university police say a man attacked a female student while trying to get into her dorm on 4th and Highland Avenue.

"A female said the male grabbed her and she was able to get away and report it to UAPD," said Sgt. Filbert Barrera, a public information officer with the University of Arizona Police Department.

The suspect apparently grabbed her near the thigh, according to reports, but police have classified this case as an assault rather than a sexual assault.

They tell me they went with the charge that fit the crime the most but cannot disclose too many details right now.

Megan McKendry, a violence prevention specialist at Oasis on campus, tells me the number of assaults on campus do not seem to add up.

"We know nationally at all universities, rape is the most under-reported crime. Statistics do not represent the reality of rape on campus," McKendry said.

Alarming statistics indicate one out of every five women will be raped or sexually assaulted during her time in college.

Ninety percent of these attacks are by someone she might know and trust.

Stranger assaults, in fact, are pretty rare.

"We're asking people to pay attention," Barerra said. "Let people know where you're going, your schedules, try to park in a different area, break your routine, pay attention to your surroundings."      

Police describe the suspect as blonde, about 6'2" with a thin build.

Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call 911 or 88-CRIME.

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