Timely Warning-Gainesville

Published: November 19th, 2022

Category: Timely Warning-Gainesville

Under the Clery Act, the University of Florida issues Timely Warning messages regarding Clery Act crimes which pose a serious and continuing threat to the campus community.
The University of Florida Police Department is currently investigating a rape that was reported to have occurred Wednesday (11/16/2022) sometime between 12-12:30AM on the University of Florida campus in an on-campus residential hall. According to the victim, after leaving a local drinking establishment, she and the suspect walked back to her room in the residence hall where the sexual battery occurred. The subject was last seen leaving the area on the east side of campus shortly after.
The suspect is described as a White/Hispanic male, 18 to 20 years of age, approximately 5’6” in height, and approximately 160 lbs, with short black hair. The suspect was last seen wearing dark colored shorts and dark baseball cap. The UFPD will be increasing patrols and are actively working leads toward identifying the suspect.
In the interest of public safety, the UFPD is notifying the community of this incident. Additionally, anyone with information about the incident, was in the area at the time, or who may know the man’s identity is asked to call the University of Florida Police Department at 352.392-1111 or use the UFPD Silent Witness link at https://police.ufl.edu/contact/silent-witness/ . Those who wish to remain anonymous can also call Crime Stoppers at 352.372.STOP (7867).
The University of Florida strongly believes that no person is responsible for harm inflicted by another person. Sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking are prohibited and will not be tolerated at the University of Florida.
Criminal incidents can be reported to UF CSAs who are designated, trained, and mandatory reporters under the Clery Act when victims chose not to report to law enforcement.
Reporting to law enforcement is encouraged by calling 9-1-1 or through the GatorSafe app.
The University of Florida defines consent as, “An act or statement that is knowing, freely given, and mutually understood to communicate a willingness to engage in the activity. It is the responsibility of each person involved in any sexual act to ensure that they have the Consent of the other(s).
•The existence of a dating or sexual relationship between the people involved, or the existence of a past sexual encounter, is not by itself an indication of Consent for any current or future sexual encounter.
•Consent cannot be obtained by force, threat, Coercion, or by causing a reasonable fear of imminent injury.
•For sexual activity to be consensual, Consent must be ongoing throughout the sexual encounter. A person can withdraw Consent at any time. Consent to one sexual act does not automatically constitute Consent to another sexual act.
•A person withdraws Consent by clearly communicating withdrawal through words or actions.
•Consent to engage in sexual activity with one person does not automatically constitute Consent to engage in sexual activity with another person.
•Lack of protest or resistance, alone, is not Consent.
•A person who is incapacitated cannot give Consent (Regulations of the University of Florida, 4.040).

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