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Second Rape Reported At Stonehill College In Two Months

By Whitney Burbank, WBZ-TV
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EASTON (CBS) — A female student told Stonehill College police on Monday she was sexually assaulted by male student in early December.

Stonehill spokesman Martin McGovern said the female student has not pressed charges at this point but the incident is being addressed through the school’s disciplinary system.

This is the third rape reported at Stonehill College since start of school year and the second to be reported in just two months.

According to McGovern, “This incident is in no way connected to the Nov. 23 incident, which local media reported on. In this current case, the victim knew who the alleged perpetrator was, so we do not have a suspect at-large.”

Easton Police are still looking for two suspects in the November sexual assault. McGovern said the suspects in that case are not believed to be students.

“It just kind of like makes your stomach drop,” Stonehill student Katie McCarthy said. “You don’t feel as safe as you did.”

McGovern said for now the school is focusing on the well-being of students. “We especially want to respect their right to privacy.”

Stonehill sophomore Melissa Tobin said students are calling for the school to take action. “Students are responding to the emails that the college sends out kind of criticizing what they’re doing but also agreeing with it,” she said. “Everyone’s just getting really involved in the conversation.”

Another sexual assault was reported in October. According McGovern, the victim and alleged perpetrator in that case were both students. McGovern said all three sexual assaults happened on campus.

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