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Information scarce following Husson sexual assault

A sexual assault at Husson University was reported on Feb. 21. Photo by Maggie Gautrau, contributor.
A sexual assault at Husson University was reported on Feb. 21. Photo by Maggie Gautrau, Staff.

The Bangor Police Department, in conjunction with Husson University officials, is continuing to investigate an alleged sexual assault that was reported on the morning of Feb. 21. The assault took place in a dormitory on the Husson campus in Bangor, Maine.

According to a recent news release from Bangor Police Lt. Timothy Reid, the assault was not considered random as the victim and alleged perpetrators knew each other. Lt. Reid also stated that there is no “continuing threat” to the community.

Husson’s Executive Director for Marketing and Communications, Eric Gordon, released a print statement on the evening of Feb. 21, confirming the ongoing investigation. “Husson University is fully cooperating with law enforcement,” Gordon stated.

The names of those involved in the investigation have not yet been released by the Bangor Police Department.

“Husson University considers sexual assault and gender misconduct unacceptable,” Gordon added in his statement.

Gordon also mentioned the University’s “It’s On Us” bystander intervention campaign. The campaign is meant to change the way students and faculty address sexual assault, not only as a crime, but also as a serious societal issue.

“In addition, our Title IX process is designed to help evaluate, address, and prevent incidents of sexual misconduct on campus,” Gordon stated.

Husson University encourages students who need help regarding emotional distress, harmful or potentially harmful relationships, and any form of sexual assault to seek professional help. The Counseling Services Center on Husson’s campus provides free, time-limited services to all Husson University students.

There are similarly a variety of resources available to University of Maine students who wish to report a sexual assault or seek help regarding a harmful or potentially harmful relationship. A criminal process can be initiated by contacting the UMaine Police Department. Confidential resources include the Cutler Center and the UMaine Counseling Center. Other resources include Spruce Run, Student Affairs and Rape Response.

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