Ithaca Police Department Investigates a Sexual Assault at an Off-Campus Location
March 1, 2011
The Ithaca Police Department (IPD) is investigating what appears to be an isolated incident of a reported sexual assault that occurred on Saturday, February 26, 2011, at a residence (on Coddington Road/ Hudson Heights Apartment complex) adjacent to campus. The complainant described the suspect, a recent acquaintance whose full name she did not know, as follows: black male in his 30s, approximately 6’ tall weighing about 270 lbs., having small dreadlocks on the back of his head and wearing eyeglasses. According to the complainant, the suspect’s first name is Stephon. Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact the Ithaca Police Department at 272-3245 or 272-9973.
What is sexual assault?
Sexual assault is about power, anger, and control. It is an act of violence and an attempt to degrade someone using sex as a weapon. Above all, sexual assault is a crime. Sexual assaults can happen to anyone: children, students, wives, mothers, working women, grandmothers, the rich and the poor, and boys and men. The assailants can be anyone: classmates, co-workers, a neighbor or delivery person, total strangers, outgoing or shy, and often a friend or a family member.
What should you do if you or someone you know is sexually assaulted?
Whatever choices a survivor makes for reporting an incident, it is important that he or she take the following actions, which will significantly aid in the successful criminal prosecution of the responsible party:
· seek immediate medical assistance (within 24 hours of the assault) and get counseling as soon as possible;
· preserve physical evidence (such as clothing and bed coverings);
· do not douche, bathe, shower, brush your teeth, wash your hands, eat or drink anything, smoke, or change clothes before seeking medical treatment; and
· report the sexual assault to authorities.