Timely Warning

Published: December 13th, 2020

Category: Timely Warning-Gainesville

SUBJECT: Off-Campus Sexual Battery Incident
CR# GPD 02-20-017812
DATE OF INCIDENT:Saturday, December 12, 2020
DATE OF RELEASE:Sunday, December 13, 2020

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (the “Clery Act”), 20 U.S.C. 1092 (f), the University of Florida issues timely notices to notify the campus community of Clery Act crimes or other serious incidents that UF determines represent a serious and ongoing threat to the campus community and associated properties. These Timely Warnings are issued upon receipt of information required to assess and confirm the nature of the potential threat.

The Gainesville Police Department is currently investigating a sexual battery that occurred near campus. Due to the close proximity of this incident to University of Florida properties, the following information is provided.

On Saturday, December 12, 2020 at approximately 11:00 P.M., a woman was walked home to her apartment, at 311 SW 13th Street, by an unknown male subject. The incident took place inside of her apartment.

The description of the suspect is a white male, 5’10” to 6’2” in height, unknown weight, dark short hair, and unknown clothing.

Anyone with information about the incident, was in the area at the time of these incidents, or who may know the suspects’ identity is asked to call the Gainesville Police Department at 352-955-1818 or text keyword GPDFL plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES). Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 352-372-STOP (7867).
The UFPD firmly believes that crime is never the fault of the victim. These general safety tips are provided in an effort to assist members of the UF community.
Please report criminal incident and suspicious activities/individuals immediately to law enforcement by calling 9-1-1.
Trust your instincts. If you feel uneasy or sense something is wrong, do what you can to get out of that situation or call for assistance.
Safely intervene and/or call for help if you witness disrespectful or inappropriate behavior, or a violent crime.
Plan in advance: discuss how you might do this in conversations with your friends, using different scenarios, when you aren’t facing a potential crisis.
If someone is behaving disrespectfully or making you feel uncomfortable, take steps to remove yourself from the situation early, especially if you are concerned it may become physical.
Avoid walking alone if at all possible.
Always be alert and aware of your surroundings. This is particularly true if you are wearing headphones and may not be able to hear someone near or behind you.
If someone bothers you, don’t be embarrassed to attract attention to yourself. Yell! Your voice and body are your best weapons. Learn effective ways to use them by taking a self-defense class such as the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) and always consider bringing a friend with you.
Stay in well-lighted areas, away from alleys, bushes, and entryways.

If a driver stops to ask directions, avoid getting close to the individual or vehicle
If a vehicle appears to be following you, turn and walk in the opposite direction. You should go to a location where other people are and get assistance.

Always try to let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return.

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