The Old Dominion University Police Department is investigating multiple sexual assaults reported in dorms on campus. A university spokesperson tells NewsChannel 3 two students have been arrested – Reid Evans, a football player at ODU, and another student, Jack Ly. A statement sent to students by the university says they believe date rape drugs could be involved. The entire safety alert sent to students is below:
The Old Dominion University Police Department (ODUPD) received reports of multiple possible sexual assaults. The circumstances of these assaults may suggest the possible involvement of date rape drugs. In both cases, the victims reported symptoms consistent with the use of these substances: a rapid onset of intoxication out of proportion to what they may have had to drink, and reported memory loss. The ODUPD is actively investigating the alleged offenses.
The phenomenon of drugs being used to facilitate sexual assault has been widely reported across the country. Although no confirmed cases have previously been reported on-campus, the ODUPD urges the campus community to be alert to the possibility and take steps to protect themselves. Date rape drugs, commonly Rohypnol, GHB, and Ketamine, can be slipped into an unsuspecting person’s drink. Rapid and severe intoxication follows, along with dramatically reduced inhibitions and memory loss. In this condition, anyone can be extremely vulnerable to sexual assault.
To protect yourself, do not leave drinks unattended and be wary of accepting drinks from people you do not know well. To be even more careful, make sure that you open and pour your own drink, and don’t share drinks with others. It is also wise to use the buddy system while socializing – when you go out with friends, agree to keep an eye on one another and to go home together. If a friend starts to exhibit symptoms of date rape drug ingestion, seek medical help immediately. Signs to look for include: dizziness and/or nausea, memory loss, breathing or motion difficulties, and acting disproportionately intoxicated relative to the amount of alcohol consumed.
The ODUPD urges anyone who believes they or a friend has been the victim of a date rape drug to immediately contact their local law enforcement agency. On-campus, the ODUPD can be reached at 683-4000. Victims of any form of sexual assault are encouraged to seek confidential support at the Women’s Center, 1000 Webb Center, 683-4109.