February 1, 2016

Alleged Sexual Assault Reported at Psi Upsilon Fraternity

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Cornell Police issued a crime alert Monday afternoon regarding an alleged sexual assault that occurred Sunday morning at 2 Forest Park Lane, the location of the Psi Upsilon fraternity.

A female student reported she was sexually assaulted at approximately 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, after the perpetrator led her to a bedroom.

The perpetrator was described as “a white male, approximately 170 pounds, around 5 feet 9 inches tall, with a medium complexion and wavy dark brown or black collar-length hair,” according to CUPD.

Reports like this are relatively rare in our community because sex offenses are significantly under-reported, according to David M. Honan, CUPD Deputy Chief.

“We take careful steps to connect victims of these crimes with supportive resources available here on campus and in our community,” Honan said.

This case is currently under active investigation by CUPD, according to Honan.

  • The headline “alleged sexual assault reported” is needlessly skeptical by its use of the word “alleged” AND “reported.”

    It’s enough to say “sexual assault reported” – which makes no judgment about credibility.

    I’d venture to guess that such judgmental language is not typically used in stories about racist, homophobic, and other categories of reported civil rights offenses.

    Wendy Murphy
    New England Law|Boston
    Director – The Judicial Language Project
    Center for Law and Social Responsibility

    • John Smith

      post your orwellian newspeak elsewhere

    • Dan

      The headline was inaccurate and makes no sense.

      The student reported that she had been assaulted; she did not report that she had been allegedly assaulted.

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