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Please be advised this warning may be unsettling and triggering.

Dear Members of the Tufts Community:

At approximately 8:40 PM a Tufts University Student reported to the Somerville and Tufts University Police that a white male, 30-40 Years of age, wearing dark colored puffy jacket and jeans indecently assaulted her in the area of Dearborn Road. The victim was not injured. A search of the area by the Somerville Police and Tufts University Police did not turn up a suspect. The incident remains under investigation and TUPD will continue with enhanced patrol efforts in the area.

Anyone with information to share about this incident should contact either TUPD at 617-627-3030 or x73030 from a campus phone or the Somerville Police at 617-625-1212. 

Tufts University deplores and condemns such acts, and victims/survivors of crimes are never at fault for crimes that happen to them.  Those who commit such crimes are fully responsible for those acts.  With that in mind, the following information is provided to help and support you:

TUPD would like to remind all to:

  • Remain alert and observant of the people around you. If you think someone is following you, move quickly toward an open store or restaurant.
  • Don’t be afraid to call out for help. Walk with purpose, head up, no earbuds and don’t be distracted by electronic devices.
  • Stick to well-lit and well-travelled routes and walk with friends whenever possible.
  • Utilize the SafeRide service by using the Tap Ride App or calling Tufts Police at (617) 627-3030 or from a campus phone dial X-73030.
  • Program the Tufts Police number into your cell phone so you will be prepared in an emergency (617-627-6911).
  • Report any suspicious persons or circumstances to Tufts Police immediately at 617-627-6911 or x66911 from an on-campus phone, or dial 911 for off campus emergencies.

In addition, please use any of the following available resources, both confidential and non-confidential:

Sexual Misconduct Resources One-Pager  https://oeo.tufts.edu/wp-content/uploads/Sexual-Misconduct-Resources_Med-Som-SMFA-081618.pdf

Center for Resources, Awareness and Education (go.tufts.edu/care)

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