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Community Notification

Community Notification

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act, the Department of Public Safety is informing the College of Charleston campus community of an off-campus assault.

Incident:  Aggravated Assault

Date:  May 2, 2014

Time:  2:10 AM

Reported to:        Charleston City Police Department

                           CPD Report # 14-06961

Location:  20 Burns Lane, Charleston, SC

Suspects’ status:  At large

Incident description:  The victim was walking through a cut-through on Burns Lane at approximately 2:00 a.m. when he was yelled at by approximately 4-5 individuals in a silver sedan.  Victim stated he made a remark back to the individuals and kept walking. When the victim turned around he saw the sedan proceeding toward him and jumped up on the hood to avoid injury.  Victim stated he then rolled off the hood of the vehicle and began running toward 20 Burns Lane and attempted to enter the residence but, it was locked.  He was then repeatedly assaulted by closed fists and kicks until he was unconscious. 

Suspect Description:   The suspects were described as white males between the ages 0f 19-22, average build, approximately 6 feet tall.   One of the males was described as having shoulder length blonde hair.

Important Message:  It is important to note that the victim/survivor is never the cause of the criminal offense.  The College does not tolerate this behavior. It is not believed that the suspects are students of the College.

Public Safety is available to provide escorts on-campus and the Cougar Shuttle (888.960.2227) is available for off-campus transportation on the downtown peninsula seven nights a week from 11:00 P.M. – 3:00 A.M., during the fall and spring semesters.  For addition risk reduction tips, visit http://publicsafety.cofc.edu/stay-safe/index.php

Get Involved and Make a Difference:  The College encourages the prompt reporting of all crimes, On-campus contact Public Safety (843.953.5611), and off-campus (911).

Oftentimes, students are present when a crime is about to happen and bystander intervention is one method students may use to help prevent an assault from happening.  Learn how to develop this skill and safely intervene.  Contact the Office of Victim Services at 843.95.2273.

Victim Assistance:  Enrolled College of Charleston students who become victims of serious crime are encouraged to get victim assistance by contacting the Office of Victim Services (843.953.2273). Comprehensive services, including assistance with missed classes/academic disruption, are available regardless of the incident location, or if the student elected to file an official report, or not.

If you have any information regarding the crime indicated above, please contact:

College of Charleston Campus Police
Emergencies: 953-5611
Non-Emergency: 953-5609 (Administrative Line)
Crime Action Line: (Anonymous Reporting) 953-4988
Silent Witness: http://publicsafety.cofc.edu/silent-witness.php

City of Charleston Police Department
Emergencies: 911
Non-Emergency: 577-7434
Crime Stoppers: (Anonymous Reporting 554-1111)

Community Notification

Arrest Made March 3, 2014 for February 23, 2014 Off Campus Assault The Department of Public Safety is informing the College of Charleston campus community that an arrest has been made, by City of Charleston Police Department, regarding the below incident which was reported in a Community Notification dated February 24, 2014.  We would like thank everyone who provided information that may have assisted in the investigation and which led to the arrest of the following suspect:

Incident:  Assault and Battery 2nd Degree (stranger)
Date:  February 23, 2014 Time:  10:55 P.M.
Reported to: Charleston City Police Department CPD Report # 14-02968
Location:  St. Philip and Warren Streets
Suspect status:  Arrested on March 3, 2014
Suspect Description: Savon Malik SIMMONS
Gender: Male
DOB:     05/09/1995
Weight: 150 lbs.
Glasses:  Large Black Designer Frames
Race:  Black
Height:  5’6”

Original Posting: In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act, the Department of Public Safety
is informing the College of Charleston campus community of an off-campus
assault

Incident:  Assault (stranger)
Date:  February 23, 2014 Time:  10:55 P.M.
Reported to: Charleston City Police Department CPD Report # 14-02968
Location:  St. Philip and Warren Streets
Suspect status:  At large

Incident description:  The suspect followed a female student from the area of the Addlestone Library, north on Coming Street and east on Warren.  Near the intersection of St. Philip and Warren Streets the suspect approached the victim and asked her for the time.  She replied and continued walking.  The suspect then came at her from behind and grabbed her on her buttocks and then ran off north on St. Philip Street.

Suspect Description:

Gender: Male

Height:  5’7” – 5’9”

Weight:

Build: Average

Race:  Black

Age:  18 – 20 yrs.

 

Hair: unknown

Shirt: Dark Hoodie

Pants: Dark Jeans

Shoes: Dark Sneakers

Hat: Cap with Brim

Glasses:  Large Black Designer Frames

Primary Prevention Strategies:   When out walking, especially during hours of darkness, walk in lighted areas, in groups, and use routes that are populated by others.  Perpetrators often use alcohol or drugs as tools to aid in facilitating sexual violence.  These substances impair one’s ability to detect risky/ dangerous situations, recognize how to get out of a dangerous situation or get help, physically react, or clearly communicate when in potentially dangerous situations.  When out at a party, make your own drink, do not drink from an open container. When at a restaurant or bar, watch your drink being made.  Do not drink anything that has an unusual taste, color or texture.  Keep your drink in your hand at all.  Non-alcoholic beverages can be dosed.  Do not leave any place with someone you just met.  Have a designated buddy.

 

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Safety Information and Tips

The Department of Public Safety would like to make the campus community aware of the following statistics which were published in Campus Safety Magazine in March 2012.

  • Between 20% and 25% of women will experience a completed and/or attempted sexual assault during their college career
  • At least 50% of college student sexual assaults are associated with alcohol use
  • 43% of sexual victimization incidents involve alcohol consumption by victims
  • 69% of sexual victimization incidents involve alcohol consumption by the perpetrator
  • Victims were on a date with the perpetrator in 12.8% of completed rapes and 35% of attempted sexual assault
  • 90% of acquaintance sexual assaults involve alcohol

Students, Faculty and Staff are cautioned to be mindful of their surroundings.

  • Walk in groups and in well lighted areas; avoid less traveled short cuts.
  • Make certain you know where you are going and who you are going with.
  • Let a friend know your intended location and expected time of return. 

College of Charleston, Public Safety Officers are available for campus escorts

Sign up for a RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) class at Public Safety, and

Stop by and get a free whistle for the whistle alert program. 

More tips on staying safe.