A 19-year-old student at the University of Central Arkansas reported Tuesday she was raped Jan. 22 at Bear Village, according to an incident report released by the university Police Department on Wednesday.
The report makes the third time a woman has filed a rape report this year. The cases are separate and unrelated, said UCA police department spokesman Arch Jones.
“UCA is a safe campus,” Jones said. “Students, faculty and staff have no reason to be alarmed.”
The cases involve acquaintances, he said.
The most recent case involves a UCA student and a former UCA student who was a student in January but is currently a “non-student,” Jones said. The man and woman were acquaintances, he said.
University police have turned over to the prosecutor’s office summary reports for investigations into two other reported rapes from this year. All of the reported rapes remain under investigation, Jones said.
Earlier this month, a 17-year-old girl said she was raped by a 19-year-old UCA student, whom she knew, while visiting apartments on Elizabeth Street. Police also are investigating another alleged rape reported in March, Jones said.
The most recently reported rape says the woman was “physically helpless to give consent” and lists two witnesses in the incident report, but Jones would not elaborate on circumstances surrounding the incident.
The number of reported rapes reported this year are up over previous years, UCA records show.
Two sex offenses were reported in 2010, and the year before that, one was reported, according to the UCA 2010 Campus Security Act Report listed in the 2011 Clery Annual Security and Fire Safety Report on the university police’s website.
The number of rapes being reported already this year might be up due to better education and more awareness, Jones said.
Three years ago, the university started participating in National Campus Safety Awareness Month, which happens every September, to educate students about dangers, like rape and sexual assault.
Every Thursday this month, UCA will show a video for students to better understand sexual assault. In the student center, where students dine and chat, a large poster tells students how to be safer on campus. Other activities for the awareness month deal with dangers like drugs and alcohol.
Education can make reporting go up, Jones said, but students and faculty should always be aware of their surroundings and be cautious, he said.