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GS student reports rape
But refuses to press charges
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A Georgia Southern University student refused to press charges after reporting she had been raped, according to police reports.

The 18-year-old female didn’t notify police after the incident reportedly occurred Sept. 9 but sought counseling from a local sexual assault crisis center four days after the incident, on Sept. 13, reports stated.

The university released an initial report Monday, stating only that officers had responded to a rape incident. Open records requests submitted by the Statesboro Herald Monday resulted in additional details being released Wednesday.

The woman was reportedly raped by force at Southern Pines Apartments on Chandler Road around 12:30 a.m. that morning, Sept. 9, by a man she knew only by his first name. She told police she had engaged in intimate activity with him on previous occasions.

However, she said she “explicitly stated she did not want to have sex” this time, GS police Officer Joshua Barker said in reports. The man forcibly took off her clothes and raped her, she said.

The victim told police she had not had any contact with the suspect afterward except for one text, when he “apologized for hurting her,” Barker reported.

The victim sought counseling and use of a sexual assault examination kit at the Teal House in Statesboro Sept. 13. Medical staff from the Teal House then contacted GS police.

The woman did not wish to press charges at the time, but officers collected items of clothing from her home that had been worn during the attack, and also advised the victim of counseling and other services offered by GS as well as information should she decide to press charges, reports stated.


Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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