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Police: U of M student sexually assaulted in dorm room

The 19-year-old was assaulted in a student room at Bailey Hall.

A University of Minnesota student was sexually assaulted in a campus dorm room, police say, possibly by multiple people.

A public safety alert was issued earlier this week, saying the 19-year-old woman reported being sexually assaulted inside a student room at Bailey Hall, on the St. Paul campus.

The assault is said to have occurred in the early hours of Sunday, Sept. 25.

And according to a police report obtained by the Pioneer Press, police say "there were multiple persons of interest that may be involved." Police were called after the victim was examined by a nurse trained in collecting evidence following sexual assaults, the newspaper added.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the University of Minnesota Police Department at 612-624-COPS (2677) and reference case number UM-16-356071.

Sexual assault on campus

The most recent crime statistics for the U of M's St. Paul campus on the Department of Education website show there were three reported rapes in 2014. There were seven reported rapes on the larger Minneapolis campus that same year.

RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) says that college women aged 18-24 are, on average, three times more likely to be the victim of sexual assault.

It adds that 11.2 percent of all college students experience some form of sexual assault, whether through physical force, violence, or incapacitation, while 23.1 percent of female undergraduate students experience it.

Colleges in Minnesota now have to follow a new set of laws covering the definition, investigation and reporting of sexual assaults on campus, which came into effect on Aug. 1, though colleges have some time to comply.

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