The Charlottesville Police Department is investigating a sexual assault that occurred at approximately 11:40 p.m. Thursday in the area of University Circle, according to a community-wide alert sent by Chief of Police Tim Longo early Friday morning.
According to the alert, a female student was jogging near University Circle when a male asked for her assistance. Upon approaching him, the male grabbed and assaulted her. The victim was later able to flee to safety.
CPD described the suspect as a blonde male with light eyes in his 30s, who was wearing dark pants with a brown belt at the time of the assault. Anyone who may have information related to this incident should contact CPD immediately.
This is the second community alert of the semester and the first relating to sexual assault.
Survivors of sexual assault at the University have the option to report the incident by going directly to law enforcement and calling 911, filing through the University’s Just Report It website, contacting the University’s Title IX Coordinator or the Office of the Dean of Students, or by filing a police report at the hospital if seeking treatment through the U.Va. Emergency Department.
The University’s confidential resources include Counseling and Psychological Services, Student Health’s gynecology and general medicine departments, the Student Disability Access Center and the Women’s Center’s counseling staff.