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GSU police investigating campus rape
Victim undecided on whether to press charges
GSU police

Georgia Southern University police are investigating a "strong-arm" rape reported last week.

The victim, according to reports, has not yet decided whether she will press charges.

The Statesboro Herald filed an open records request Friday, and university officials released a brief report Tuesday. Georgia Southern police reports must be acquired through the records division of the public affairs office, not the police department itself, according to university policy.

According to the report, the incident was reported Thursday, Aug. 16, around 8:30 p.m., but it actually took place between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. earlier that day at the University Villas student residence hall on Chandler Road.

The victim was an 18-year-old female GSU residential student.  Reports stated a Snapchat photo was posted by the suspect, showing the victim sleeping, around 3:36 a.m.

An officer met with the victim at The Teal House, a local agency that assists victims of sexual assault. Reports did not state whether the suspect is known to the victim. No description was given for the suspect. 

GSU police reports state the victim suffered bite marks to her neck and genital area.

The victim told police she was unsure of what she wanted to do and declined to give them sheets and other items for evidence that were in the apartment. However, officers did collect clothing items from The Teal House.

Officers asked Teal House nurses to make sure the victim was aware of counseling services offered by the university and that they could help her change her class schedule if needed, reports stated. 

Officers were advised the case would remain in a "non-report" status unless the victim decided otherwise.

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

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