Police Investigate Rape Report At ECU

ECU Police are investigating a report of rape.

The person reporting the crime said it happened between 12:45 and 3:00 a.m. February 10 at Greene Hall.

There is no word if the victim is a student. Police say there are no suspects at this time.

Below is the e-mail sent out to the ECU campus on the alert system:

"On 02/11/09 a possible sexual assault was reported to the ECU Police Department that took place in Greene Hall in the early morning hours of 02/10/09. The incident is under investigation at this time.

If you are the victim of a crime on campus, you are reminded to contact the ECU Police Department at 328-6787 as soon as possible. If you can provide any information to this case to help this investigation, please call the above number or the ECU Police Crime Tip Line at 737-8477."

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  • by Thanks on Feb 14, 2009 at 07:36 PM
    To SBK: Thanks for your reasoned and thought out comment. I think in cases of aquantaince rape, people automatically blame the victim (which is true of most rape cases). Already there are suggestions that alcohol was involved - well guess what folks? NO means NO. If the person was told NO, even at the beginning and they still had sex - - - then that is RAPE! It's hard enough coming out on a crime like this, let's not make it harder for this individual. (Rapes are reported only 1 out of four times, and they are successfully prosecuted (guilty verdict) 1 out of 25 times).
  • by SBK Location: NC on Feb 14, 2009 at 05:36 AM
    I worked at ECUPD for decades and have handled rape cases there. Most of them were aquaintance rapes, where the victim knew the offender. Some were stranger rapes, but in most cases the victim knew of the offender well enough to trust him. Propping of doors and allowing strangers in the dorms has always been a problem. The reality is that many of the students are inexperienced at life and trusting of others. It's sad to say that you just can't be that way anymore. The predators are out there and they prey on trusting young women who have led protected lives until they got out on their own. It's a sad situation. Date/aquaintance rapes are VERY hard to prosecute too. It's made even more difficult because of the infrequent false reports of rape that occasionally occur. They do happen and the law should be changed to subject false reportees to the same penalty as allowed for rape. ECUPD has some great officers and investigators. I'm confident they will charge the offender.
  • by To Dave Location: NC on Feb 13, 2009 at 07:16 PM
    The prohibition of weapons on campus is a university policy, but that policy is based on state law. I'd suggest that you contact your state representative and start lobbying to have the law changed. Maybe those with CCW permits should be allowed to carry weapons on college campuses or something of that nature. Right now, except in a few circumstances, if a student carries a firearm on campus, they can be found guilty of a felony. Convicted felons also cannot carry firearms by law. The same law, with a few exceptions applies to any member of the public. If you are a nonstudent and have a hunting rifle in your vehicle and just happen to cut through campus on the way home, you could be charged with a felony also, or at least a misdemeanor. I used to think it was a good thing to ban firearms from campus, but after Va. Tech I think certain students, staff, faculty, etc. who are qualified to carry concealed should be allowed to be armed. But first the law's gotta be changed.
  • by You Know Who Location: Wouldn't You Like to Know on Feb 13, 2009 at 05:10 PM
    It seems that all people care about are that silly allumni association winning some award and don't really care about all the trouble around ECU. How do I know this, just look at the number of comments on both topics.
  • by Honorable Bloggie Location: NC on Feb 13, 2009 at 02:14 PM
    It could've been someone they knew. I wonder if any alcohol was involved. It doesn't take away from the crime, but it does change your perspective on how the case got started.
  • by Dave Location: Wilson on Feb 13, 2009 at 02:03 PM
    Kristy you are right. Students are not supposed to let in their friends...but they do. They are not supposed to leave the doors proped open...but they do. They are not supposed to let in people they do not know....BUT THEY DO!! That is why the antiquated policy of ECU that students can not have weapons of any type to protect themselves only invites criminal elements that know the ECU student population living on campus or walking to and from campus from nearby housing or commuting in are ALL HELPLESS POTENTIAL VICTIMS!! Certainly if this is true, the criminal should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law but the policy at ECU, is to some extent, responsible for this and other crimes.
  • by Kristy Location: Greenville on Feb 13, 2009 at 12:22 PM
    I lived in Greene hall for 2 years. If students don't close the doors when they enter the building, or allow someone they don't know to come in behind them they are jeopardizing everyone who lives there. Don't prop open the doors and don't let strangers into the building!!
  • by Blake S. Location: Greenville on Feb 13, 2009 at 11:41 AM
    I've disagreed with a few things you've had to say before Dave but this is something I can completely agree on. Not everyone can be protected by the LEO's all the time. This means they have to be able to take care of themselves fomr time to time. Now days you're just as guilty for that than the actual offense.
  • by Dave Location: Wilson on Feb 13, 2009 at 08:48 AM
    ECU, for the most part, does a good job with protecting their students. But it is time for them to realize they can not protect all of the students all of the time. They need to allow students the right to protect themselves on campus.
  • by Blake S. Location: Greenville on Feb 13, 2009 at 08:05 AM
    It is unfortumate but it happens EVERYWHERE! At least we haven't gone off the deep end and committed some really heinous crimes that many other universities have. I for one think that ECU has done an overall outstanding job at all aspects of the campus. That being said something does need to be done about the things that are happeneing.
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