Rape reported near UC Berkeley campus

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FEBRUARY 09, 2012

A rape was reported last week near the UC Berkeley campus.

According to Berkeley Police Department Sgt. Mary Kusmiss, the rape occurred Jan. 29 at approximately 12:45 a.m. on the 2300 block of Warring Street, an area with at least two sororities and three fraternities nearby.

Kusmiss said she could not release any more information about the case, though she said the crime is classified as an acquaintance rape, meaning that the victim knew the sexual assailant personally.

In nine of 10 sexual assault cases, the victim knows the attacker, who might be an intimate partner, friend, coworker or person in a position of authority, according to UC Berkeley’s University Health Services’ website.

Berkeley “experiences very few ‘stranger’ rapes or sexual assaults in which a suspect climbs in a window or grabs a victim behind a home,” Kusmiss said in an email. She added that in instances of rape, it is rare for the attacker to be completely unknown to the victim.

Berkeley Police Department did not release further information regarding the case as to “not compromise the investigation or ‘tip’ the suspect as to what we know,” Kusmiss said in the email.

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FEBRUARY 09, 2012