Cops: Gang Abducted, Raped Philadelphia College Student

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Philadelphia’s La Salle University has offered counseling services to a student who reported being abducted and raped on Easter Sunday.

The school is also defending its decision not to notify students of the off-campus assault when it happened, saying administrators did not view it as an ongoing threat to their campus community.

“This case is still very active,” said Captain John Darby, who heads up the Special Victims Unit (SVU) of the Philadelphia police department.

The attack happened about a mile away from the school. The 20-year-old woman told police she was walking on the 4800 block of 10th Street around 10 p.m.

She said a black van pulled up beside her and four men jumped out, grabbed her and forced her inside. Police are not revealing where the men took her, but the woman told detectives she was sexually assaulted several times before the attackers dropped her off in an unknown location and fled.

Police say the men are between the ages of 20 and 25. One had “MM” tattooed on his face.

For additional information: http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/04/06/17626076-cops-gang-abducted-raped-philadelphia-college-student?lite

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One comment

  1. fedlaw206 · April 6, 2013

    “The school is also defending its decision not to notify students of the off-campus assault when it happened, saying administrators did not view it as an ongoing threat to their campus community.”

    Parents and or students have a reasonable expectation of safety when they or their children go off to college. In my opinion, the college’s administration have a vested interest in the students who choose to go to their school, too.

    With that being said, why would the administration not view the kidnapping and gang-rape of a student a threat to other students and or staff? Whether the crime happens on or off-campus, should not be a factor in notifying students and staff! They will eventually travel off-campus and will be in danger of becoming a statistic.

    My daughter attends Longview Community College, which is part of the Metropolitan Community College system. They have had a series of sexual assaults on two of their campuses, two at Maple Woods and one recently at Longview. The college did a good job getting information about the assaults and the perpetrator (s) out to the students via email and texts. I feel getting the information out to students/staff regarding crimes committed on or off-campus (within a sensible radius) is paramount to their safety.

    It shows that having an education does not necessarily give a person common sense. Why would they jeopardize the students or staff’s safety? After numerous incidents in the media, it amazes me some schools are still playing the statistics’ game.

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