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Newark Police investigate sexual assault of UD student

Newark Police announced Monday morning that they are investigating the report of a 20-year-old University of Delaware student who was sexually assaulted in west Newark over the weekend.

According to Newark Police, the woman went to the police department at 7 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 16, to report the assault. She said she was walking alone on Corbit Street in the area of Wilson Road at approximately 10:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15, when a man approached her from behind and pushed her against a parked car. He sexually assaulted her before fleeing the area on foot.

The suspect is described as a white male from 6 feet to 6 feet 3 inches tall, with a medium build and light-colored hair, wearing a flannel shirt and a “beanie” hat.

Anyone with additional information on this incident should contact Newark Police Detective James Skinner at 302-366-7100 ext. 3135 or James.Skinner@cj.state.de.us. Anonymous tips can be texted to 302NPD, with the message to TIP411. Information also can be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or www.tipsubmit.com, where a reward may be available.

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Members of the community are reminded to be aware of their surroundings, use well-lit paths, travel in groups whenever possible and call 911 to report suspicious activity.

For members of the UD community who experience sexual assault, sexual harrassment, intimate partner violence or stalking, the University’s Sexual Offense Support (S.O.S.) program provides crisis support  and victim advocacy and is available 24/7 by calling (302) 831-1001 and pressing one or online at www.udel.edu/sos. Learn more about survivor options and resources at www.udel.edu/sexualmisconduct.

A free smartphone app for members of the UD community – LiveSafe -- lets users submit tips to police, receive important broadcast notifications and contact the University of Delaware Police Department directly. To learn more, visit this UD Police website

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