Recent Crime Raises Questions Among Georgetown University Students
Sexual assault and robbery, on same night, 'disconcerting,' student says.
Georgetown University students said they have become disheartened and disappointed because of a sexual assault and an armed robbery occurring near their campus on the same night.
"They tell us when we come here it's a safe place, safe campus, and supposedly the safest neighborhood in all of D.C.," sophomore Evan Monod said. "In the end, although it doesn't make me think Georgetown is less safe, it does raise a couple questions and I will be more careful when walking around at night."
Both incidents occurred Sunday, Feb. 26. In one, a student was sexually assaulted in West Georgetown. In the other, according to The Hoya, the university's newspaper, involved a robbery, where two students were held up at gunpoint.
"I am very concerned about the sexual assault. The email [from administration] was so brief and didn't give any description at all," student Alexandra Rallo said. "Sexual assault is very, very vague so we didn't really know what it detailed. Sometimes they will give you a full report, but then again I just glanced at it. After talking to some of my friends about it, they didn't see any details either."
Rallo said the email said a sexual assault occurred and referred questions to the administration, but it did not provide any tips about safety for students.
"I was surprised the university didn't say much about it other than the one sentence email we got," student Marina Howard said. "There was no follow up email about it."
One student, senior Mackensey Carter said she was shocked and concerned about the entire incident because she lives off campus, but hasn't heard many students talking about it.
"I know people texted each other things like 'Make sure you are more careful' but other than that I haven't heard many conversations about it," she said.
The university's Department of Public Safety said the investigation is ongoing, but declined further comment.
"It's just disconcerting to hear. I mostly reacted to the sexual harassment story because it happened when me and my friends were all in the same area at around the same time," freshman Lucie Marie said. "I thought 'That could have been me or one of my friends' and that's not a pleasant thought."