Sexual Assault Reported at Fraternity House near MU

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Police are investigating a report of a sexual assault at a fraternity house in Huntington early Wednesday morning.

Marshall University sent an electronic message to students alerting of the alleged incident,

The message said a 21-year-old male student is accused of assaulting a 19-year-old female student at the ATO frat house in the 1400 block of 5th Avenue.

Huntington Police say the two students knew each other and had been together at other places Tuesday night.

Police say they interviewed the suspect Wednesday. They say he's cooperating, but has not been charged at this time.

Police want to emphasize this was not a random act, and this case shouldn't cause any additional concern for people in that area.

Part of Leah Tolliver’s job as director of the Marshall Women's Center is to help victims of sexual assault, but it's hard to do that job when national figures show nine out 10 assaults go unreported.

"The majority of sexual assaults come from someone the victim knows,” Tolliver said. “They know them; they're probably already trusting them."

The CONTACT Rape Crisis Center had kicked off its sexual assault awareness campaign at Marshall Tuesday.

Tolliver believes more awareness will lead to more victims coming forward.

“We can start really looking at what were the offender's behaviors?” she said. “Why were they doing what they were doing, instead of always questioning what the victim was doing?"

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