A Georgia Southern University student was reportedly the victim of a “strong arm rape” this past weekend, according to Georgia Southern University Police reports.
A “strong arm rape’ is when a person is raped by physical force and no weapons are used.
GSU Police Chief Laura McCullough was “out of the office” Tuesday and “cannot provide comment as this an active ongoing investigation” said Jennifer Wise, public relations spokesperson for Georgia Southern.
According to reports, the incident took place at Eagle Villas Apartments between 10 p.m. Saturday and 2 a.m. Sunday. While no arrest was made, a 21-year-old man listed as “non-affiliated” with the university was named as a suspect. Two witnesses were also named in reports.
Wise said police would not comment on the suspect or whether an arrest is pending due to the ongoing investigation.
No Eagle Alert (a campus-wide alert system) was issued regarding the reported rape.
“Based on the investigation, there was not an imminent threat to the campus community and an alert was not issued,” she said.
Wise said she also could not comment on whether the 18-year-old victim was injured during the incident.
An alcohol violation was also noted, with the violation being “judicially referred,” reports stated.
“A judicial referral is made when there is a violation of the student code of conduct, including alcohol” she said.
Further details of the incident are unclear, as a request for a supplemental police report, (which usually includes a more detailed narrative of the incident) filed through the Freedom of Information Act by the Statesboro Herald Wednesday was not immediately supplied.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.