Police investigating sexual assault of a UT student on the Drag


AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police and the University of Texas Police Departments are investigating the sexual assault of a UT student along the Drag.

According to a safety alert sent to the entire UT Austin campus Sunday afternoon, the attack happened Saturday between 10 p.m and 12:40 a.m. on Guadalupe Street. Police say it was somewhere between 22nd and 27th Streets.

“We actually had an event we were at last night — walking this block during that time period,” said Sarah Gosch, a freshman at UT who was back on the Drag Sunday with a friend. “So the fact that it happened and we were right there is terrifying.”

Police say there was more than one attacker, and the UT student told officers they were strangers. There is not a clear description available.

“I think it’s pretty scary that that would happen so close because you cross the street and you’re on campus,” said Emery Reed, who is also a freshman.

Reed and Gosch have a rule. “You don’t walk home alone when it gets dark out,” said Gosch.

There is a program at UT students can utilize called SURE Walk (Students United for Rape Elimination), which provides volunteers to accompany them on their walk home from campus anytime Monday through Sunday from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. The number is (512) 232-9255.

Improving safety on the UT campus has been top of mind following the murder of UT freshman Haruka Weiser in April of 2016.

While students can take precautions, there are things they would like to see the city do to make the area safer.

“Better lighting would do a lot especially in West Campus,”  said Reed. “There’s some streets that are really terribly lit and it’s basically black.”

They would also like to see emergency call boxes near campus, not just on school grounds.

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