A rally held by University of Florida students is underway in a joint effort
to bring awareness to the dangers of sexual assault. The rally just so
happens to coincide with four recent attacks throughout several attempted
rape cases, bringing attention to the issue at a critical time.
Police investigating the attacks strongly believe the same man is responsible
for the series of attacks. Students from the University of Florida have
expressed their concerns over attending classes on campus with the possibility
of becoming the next target.
UF Police have teamed up with Gainesville and additional law enforcement
members today in asking for the public’s assistance bringing the
attacker to justice. The attacker, last seen wearing UF apparel or colors
in accordance with the University, remains at large.
Details from the attack maintain that the women are being grabbed from
behind and are thrown down violently. The unknown attacker has been quick
to abandon the scene in cases where there is a struggle, according to
University of Florida Police Chief Linda Stump.
The series of attacks began during the University’s first rained-out
football game. Reports indicate a woman was punched in the head and had
her underwear ripped off before another person came to her aid.
The consecutive attacks have been very similar in nature and throughout
a relatively small window of eight days. Students have since been notified
of the attacks using the University of Florida’s emergency text system.
Police Urge University Students to Remain Safe and Vigilant
As investigating officers continue to search for their suspect, they’re
urging students to utilize the University’s escort vans after hours.
Students are also encouraged to report anything suspicious immediately
using any of the emergency phones placed around campus.
Rally supporters advocate that students should be especially vigilant and
avoid distractions like headphones or talking on their cellphone.