Purdue residents react to 5th sexual assault report in less than a week

West Lafayette police are investigating five sexual assaults reports in less than a week. Purdue students react and say they need to be more aware of their surroundings. (WLFI).
West Lafayette police are investigating five sexual assaults reports in less than a week. Purdue students react and say they need to be more aware of their surroundings. (WLFI).

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – West Lafayette police are investigating a fifth sexual assault report since Thursday. Most of the reports happened near Purdue University’s campus. News 18 reports how students are reacting to multiple reports.

The latest report happened Sunday after 7 a.m. in the 200 block of South Street in West Lafayette.

“I feel like for the amount of incidents there’s been, I didn’t get that many notifications,” said Purdue student Andrew Pea.

Other students said they were shocked to hear that Sunday’s report happened so early.

“I think something like that would happen really late,” said Meher Mehdi. “When it’s dark, maybe between 2-4 a.m.”

West Lafayette police said no arrests have been made for any of the recent reports.

“There’s nothing we take more seriously,” Purdue President Mitch Daniels said. “We move on it right away, depending on the level of seriousness and they range from full assault to harassment.”

Another student Kristen Bales said she has class every Tuesday morning, around 7:30; and after hearing about these reports, it put her on edge.

“I’ll have to watch,” Bales said. “Watch for my surroundings, and see what’s going on.”

One student News 18 spoke to said his close friend was sexually assaulted less than a month ago. Since then, he’s walked her home most nights.

“It’s something that not just women should be afraid of even men should be afraid of,” said Yash Shah. “Because even after we dropped her off, it’s usually like someone should be along with us.”

Some students said they feel Purdue does a good job keeping them informed and safe.

“I feel like I get texts about sexual assaults kind of frequently,” said Hunter Lantz. “But at the same time, I am never by myself walking on campus.”

But others said they feel left in the dark.

“They have not followed it up in the past few days, about any sexual assaults coming up on my e-mail,” another student told News 18.

Overall, it’s something police thoroughly investigate.

“I hope something is taken care of,” said Mehdi.

Investigators said only one case has been forwarded to the prosecutor’s office and no charges have yet been filed.