It is not what you expect walking in Hanover, New Hampshire -- being attacked by a complete stranger, but police say that is exactly what happened Saturday night on College Street, a well-lit area just a stones throw from the campus green.
"A woman was walking on the sidewalk when she was attacked by a male who dragged her into the bushes in the nearby vicinity and perpetrated a sexual assault upon her," said Hanover Police Capt. Frank Moran.
The victim, a 37-year-old college employee, said she was able to fight off her attacker and called campus security, who notified police.
The college sent out a series of alerts after the incident and as word spread, the news is obviously not sitting well with those who call this campus home. "I was under the impression that the risk was involving alcohol and things like that. Now there is this whole other risk and I don't know how to avoid it," said Marina Massidda, a first year student.
Students say sexual assaults at Dartmouth are an ongoing problem. Another recent case involving a rugby player is moving forward in the courts. But the random nature of the latest alleged attack -- which according to FBI statistics is rare -- has this community taking steps to protect themselves. "I have no problem walking home at night and now I am going to have to second guess that and have a buddy," Massidda said.
"We don't have reason to believe that this is going to be repeated, but at the same time until we know who is responsible, we can't make those conclusions," Capt. Moran said.
The suspect is described as a college-aged white male with an athletic build and short hair. He was wearing a plaid shirt.
An alleged attacker that has this campus on high alert.
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