An 18-year-old Georgia Southern University student flagged down a police officer early Sunday morning, claiming she believed she had been forcibly raped.
According to GSU police reports, the incident took place between 11 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 a.m. Sunday,
A GSU police officer said he was “flagged down” by a woman at Southern Courtyard on Knight Drive by the victim, who appeared to be “under the influence” and disoriented, reports stated.
The victim was “very scared” and did not know where she was or how she had gotten there, and asked for a ride home.
Upon further questioning, the officer noted the victim did not smell of alcohol, although her eyes were glassy and she had trouble speaking coherently. Then, the woman told the officer she believed she had been raped.
She told the officer she had been at Dingus Magees and Shenanigans, where she “flirted” with a man. She gave the officer the man’s first name and said he was affiliated with a fraternity, but she was unsure which, reports stated.
The victim remained confused as to how she ended up at Southern Courtyard, and accepted when the officer suggested she be taken to The Teal House, a Statesboro sexual assault counseling center.
Once at The Teal House, the victim submitted to a rape kit procedure and toxicology tests. The officer noted in reports the victim suffered scratches and other health issues due to the alleged attack. Also, while giving the victim a ride back to her dorm, the officer informed the victim of counseling services available through the Georgia Southern University health center, according to reports.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact GSU Police at 912-478-5234.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.