Three sexual assault incidents reported at Vanderbilt University

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Posted at 1:21 PM, Feb 01, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-02 07:51:17-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Three separate sexual assault incidents were reported in the span of one day on the Vanderbilt University campus.

The university said that campus police were notified of the incidents Monday by Campus Security Authority.

In all three, female students reported they were groped by an unknown male in the area around 25th Avenue Garage, Highland Quad, Mayfield Place and West Garage.


None of the females reported physical injuries.

Veronica Wrobleski, a Vanderbilt University student, said she received an email from Vanderbilt staff about the assaults on campus.

"I personally try to take efforts to protect myself so that's carrying around pepper spray, that's making sure I have someone to walk with me at night," Wrobleski said. "I know we have some apps that actively track where you are and connect to the VUPD so if you're in trouble they can immediately know your location."

Wrobleski says she feels safe walking the Vanderbilt University campus.

Recent Vanderbilt graduate Anica Mohammad Khah said the university can do more than just notify students and staff of the assaults via email.

"I'm surprised by the frequency at which we're getting them," said Khah. "I feel like they're not really doing enough. They could be setting up more like stations across the campus to provide resources for the students who don't feel safe."

Lorraine McGuire, who with the Sexual Assault Center, said this is not the victim's fault.

"We should live in a world where we can go into a parking garage and not have to worry about being sexually assaulted," McGuire said.

McGuire says the Sexual Assault Center has a mission to provide healing for children, adults and families affected by sexual assault and to end sexual violence through counseling, education and advocacy.

McGuire says she believes college campuses are doing their best to protect everyone on campus against sexual assaults.

Vanderbilt has the Project Safe Center which provides resources and educational material about sexual assault.

Vanderbilt University police is active investigating the reports, while also adding patrols in the area where the sexual assaults happened.

The full security notice released by Vanderbilt University can be read on the Vanderbilt University website.