Cash gives advice regarding recent assaults

Posted on September 18, 2012

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KELSEY CARLISLE

There have been multiple cases of assaults in the streets, at parties, and even in the parking garages.

According to IUPD Police Chief Keith Cash, cases involving strangers, like the ones seen in recent news, are very rare.

“People automatically assume that it’s the strangers in the bushes that are going to jump out, and that’s not the case,” Cash said. “A lot of our [cases] end up that they’re acquaintances, they know each other, and there’s usually drinking involved for sexual assaults.”

But it’s not just sexual assault. Many other types of assaults on campus have one factor in common: alcohol.

“We actually made some arrests in the past years where they were specifically targeting people coming from the bars up in the Walnut area and heading back towards campus,” Cash said. “They knew that these people have been drinking, so they’re going to be more vulnerable.

In these types of cases, Cash gives a few pieces of advice.

“So, again, it gets back to safety in numbers,” Cash said. “Be aware of your surroundings, stay in well-lit areas, and if you are going to drink, don’t drink so much that, you know, you can’t be alert and defend yourself.

Some students are forced to walk home alone because of late night classes. For these types of situations, there’s a program called Safety Escorts.

“There’s a safety escort that is provided free of service. Or, you prepare ahead of time to have someone pick you up. “

The Safety Escort service is free for all IU students. To get a ride, call (812) 855-7233 and go to safety.indiana.edu for rules and regulations.

To see the video version of this story and the full episode of Hoosier News Source, click here.

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