CUPD: Sexual assault reported at off-campus party
The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a sexual assault that was reported to have occurred late Friday at a fraternity house in Seneca.
A female non-student reported to Clemson University police that she was drinking alcohol at a party at the Sigma Chi fraternity house on Dubois Circle. She said a man she did not know sexually assaulted her despite her telling him to stop. After reporting the incident, she was taken to the Oconee Medical Center.
No arrests have been made. Anyone who may have information about this case should call the Sheriff’s Office at 864-638-4111.
The Clemson University Police Department provides this general information to raise awareness about sexual assaults. It is not necessarily related to this incident.
Studies show there is a high correlation between acquaintance sexual assaults and alcohol or drug use. This does not shift responsibility for a sexual assault to a survivor. The only person responsible for sexual assault is the perpetrator.
Alcohol and drugs may be used to make someone vulnerable to sexual assault. CUPD advises that you don’t leave a drink unattended while talking, dancing, using the restroom or making a phone call. If you’ve left your drink alone, get a new one.
If you engage in sex, be sure you understand your partner’s limits. Don’t engage in sexual activities without affirmative consent from your partner. Someone incapacitated due to alcohol or drugs cannot consent to sexual activity.
If you believe a crime has been committed call police at 911.
Student victims of sexual violence can seek crisis counseling services through Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). During normal business hours, CAPS can be contacted by calling 864-656-2451. After hours and on weekends, CAPS can be contacted by calling 864-656-2222 and asking for the CAPS on-call counselor. All victims of sexual violence may seek crisis counseling services through the Pickens Rape Crisis Council at 864-442-5500.
For more information, see this information from Clemson University:
- Resources for Victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking
- Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence and Stalking Policy Statement
- Sex Offenses and Offenders Policy
This information is being Issued in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, a federal law originally known as the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990, that mandates timely notices to the campus community. The Clery Act is enforced by the U.S. Department of Education.
For additional information, contact the Clemson University Police Department: