Report Of Sexual Assault On ECU Campus

East Carolina University police are investigating reports of a sexual assault on campus Wednesday. An alert posted by ECU police says the attacker might have been armed with a knife.

ECU spokesman John Durham would only say there are reports that a female was sexually assaulted. He would not say where the assault took place or it the victim was a student of not.

But the ECU Police Twitter page says a female student was assaulted in the ladies restroom on the first floor of the Austin Building at 1:50 p.m.. The alert says the person was possibly armed with a knife.

When contacted this afternoon, university police referred us back to the university spokesman for information on the reported attack.

Durham said the university only sent out a campus alert that the Austin Computer Lab would be shut down from 4:00 p.m. Wednesday to 8:00 a.m. Thursday.

Two women students coming out of Austin were alarmed Thursday afternoon to learn of the attack from a WITN reporter.

This is the third report of a sexual assault on campus this year.


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  • by Chet Location: Greenville on Jun 29, 2009 at 10:16 AM
    I have two girls in college and one who recently graduated. Rapes occur on every campus, but, we have to find a way to protect ALL of our kids, as well as all women, in our community. Rape is the most hurtful and emotionally destroying crime that can ever be placed upon a human being. I hope that we can pull together and educate, as well as arm the authorities with the necessary tools (legal and monetary)to deal with this ever increasing problem.
  • by Justin Location: Greenville on Jun 27, 2009 at 08:10 AM
    I only speak from experiance, I will never call ECU PD for anything because I know better
  • by Random woman of 30 on Jun 27, 2009 at 02:11 AM
    The story is disgusting, 1 in the afternoon on a busy university campus. I, for one, HATE to go shopping now b/c clothing for women has become so skimpy/skanky that I wouldn't even wear it to a halloween party dressed as a hooker. For it being the year 2009, women have REGRESSED in their self respect and values and this is another example of it. Sex is thrown in the faces of men and used by women entirely too often. I am not religious, but I do have morals. NO, I don't think "juicy" should be written across someone's bossom/rear end if they don't want "that kind" of attention. The funniest part about the whole thing is that the PARENTS of these college "kids" are paying for this clothing, or lack there of. All the more reason to dress as a tom boy! IN NO WAY AM I PLACING ANY, and I mean ANY blame on the victim. What I am saying is that if we don't start to DEMAND respect from men, then they will continue to behave this way. Married and will never have children in this day and age!
  • by to MSA on Jun 26, 2009 at 04:21 PM
    apparently i was either misled by the story thinking that the only alert was that the lab was closed or just got incredibly confused by the three separate reports of what the alert was. either way, i guess the most important thing is to inform everyone what is necessary to save their lives rather than worry about the politics of ECU or whatever. the said alert went out, everyone was notified as needed, so no argument there. to those thinking handguns will PREVENT crimes, im laughing, no they just create another one. they might protect you or they might provoke someone to act and shoot you before you shoot them. you never know how you will act in the process of being victimized. i used to think i would fight back, but when i was held up at gunpoint i just froze. if i had a gun i couldnt have thought to use it anyways. crime prevention is working with individuals before they choose the wrong path. no quick fix for that!
  • by Bob Location: Belhaven on Jun 26, 2009 at 03:53 PM
    If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem! Some of you have nothing to do but critize those doing the best they can to keep law and order. One of you indicated others must have family members that are police and that is why you defend them...well using your logic, you must be or have family members that are criminals and that is why you critize law enforcement! Its easy to throw stones, its harder to do something to help!
  • by Justin Location: Greenville on Jun 26, 2009 at 12:04 PM
    Tadpole, a blind person riding a tricycle could do better than these clowns. Look at those logs again, most of the things that are cleared are drunks and speeding tickets, seems like nothing more than glorified meter maids to me. Im also going to assume your PD or have a family member that is one of these little punk meter maids we call police here, seeing as you were so uptight about my comment. BTW, I dont mop floors but I do the job Im PAID to do, I cant simply place "unresolved" next to what Im supposed to finish.
  • by WASThier Location: NC on Jun 26, 2009 at 11:45 AM
    Alert did go out with the information that was known. I was thier. DO you have Alert on your computer, if not install it and you will get the message.
  • by Biscuit Location: NC on Jun 26, 2009 at 10:09 AM
    Dave, I can almost see your argument. Almost. But go to a frat party, a dorm party, a football game, or downtown and look at how drunk some, not all but some, of these students get. Watch the fights the occur and dangerous behavior. Can you imagine what would happen if all of these drunks (again not ALL of the students) were armed with handguns? No not every drunk kid would use his/her gun, but some would. Enough to make an ECU football game look like Kabul Afganistan and downtown Greenville to look like Dodge City.
  • by Dave Location: Wilson on Jun 26, 2009 at 08:41 AM
    College kids are legal adults that are denied their second amendment rights to own a firearm for their protection. The Supreme Court has affirmed it is a individual right. They attempt to treat college campuses like high schools. Colleges are like small cities with no way to control who enters and no way to control people entering with weapons. The only ones who do not carry weapons are of course the law abiding. Criminals know that these kids are easy targets. They are young, have money by thug standards, and completely defenseless. What good does it do to notify the students AFTER something happens? Give them the opportunity to do something BEFORE things happen.
  • by Mr. Mackey Location: Choco on Jun 26, 2009 at 08:32 AM
    This is terrible, they need to beef up security big time. Once again, glad I left Greenville. Mr. T, you need to come back to reality from your NRA world. You really think that everyone carrying firearms is a solution? Seriously think about that for a minute and you'll realize how goofy that is.
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