University of Wyoming Police Investigate Sexual Battery Report
The University of Wyoming Police Department says a student may have committed sexual battery against another student in a UW residence hall over the weekend.
The UWPD says in a Facebook post that the victim reported meeting a man through an online dating website and agreeing to meet him in person at her residence hall Saturday, Feb. 6.
The victim alleged that a man then entered her room and touched her without her consent in a manner that would constitute sexual battery.
UW spokesman Chad Baldwin says he does not believe the victim needed medical attention.
“I think it was… a groping sort of situation,” says Baldwin. “I don’t believe there was physical harm.”
Baldwin says the UWPD was able to identify the suspect in a matter of days, though he could not say how. The investigation continues.
No other details have been released.
Baldwin says the university did not previously put out campus notifications following sexual battery reports. The UWPD says the disclosure is pursuant to Clery Act requirements.
"We're doing that out of an abundance of caution and to comply with federal law the best we can," says Baldwin.
Molly Marco, outreach coordinator at SAFE Project, says her organization stands by the belief that victims are never at fault.
“We try to focus on perpetrators… and obviously the culture norms and beliefs that create an environment where this sort of behavior is accepted and allowed to happen,” says Marco.
The Albany County SAFE Project’s 24-hour hotline number is 745-3556.
The UWPD urges anyone who believes that they or others have been victims of sexual assault or other crimes to call local law enforcement.
The UWPD can be reached at 766-5179 or by texting UWYO to 847411/TIP411. The phone number for the Laramie Police Department is 721-2526.