Southern Indiana college increases security after reports of alleged sexual assault


by Mike Colombo

Posted on February 9, 2012 at 12:58 AM

Updated Thursday, Feb 9 at 1:44 AM

HANOVER, Ind. (WHAS11) – Students are on edge after a female student says she was attacked twice in two weeks in Southern Indiana on Hanover College campus.

Police are still looking for the person believed to be responsible for the alleged attacks.

This female victim tells police she believes she was targeted twice, possibly by the same person.
The Hanover College campus is a quiet and picturesque place where some of the brightest minds from throughout the world come to study.

"Generally I think Hanover's a safe campus," said a student on campus.

The victim told police the first assault happened off Hanover Beach Hill Road, about a half mile from the college campus. The victim says she was running when a man attacked her and then sexually assaulted her.

Seven days later on Super Bowl Sunday, the victim told police she was assaulted again, this time on campus near a computer lab.

The campus says they are providing support to the victim and are trying to keep communications open with the campus community.

Though the school does not believe the campus is at risk, it has increased security and asked students and faculty to be more aware when walking on campus.

At this point police say they do not have any suspects.

The victim was alone both times. The second alleged assault happened at night and all that the victim could tell police was that she believed the man was white, six feet tall and of a medium build.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's department, Hanover police, and campus security are investigating.