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UVA Warns Students After Possible Sexual Assault

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA—Students at the University of Virginia are on high alert after a violent attack was reported near campus.

The message to UVA's anonymous reporting system came in Sunday and described a violent encounter between a woman and two men.

"The third party report indicated that she was grabbed and dragged to an isolated area," said Lt. Melissa Fielding with the UVA Police Department.

The tip said the woman was walking home Friday morning when two men dragged her into a remote area and sexually assaulted her.

The alleged assault happened on Brandon Avenue and Valley Road, close to an off-campus neighborhood were some UVA students live.

"It's dark and quiet a bit more empty than it is in the day time, particularly when you get into the late night," said UVA student Taylor Miller.

"It's important for any survivors of sexual assault to seek medical attention to make sure there is not some undetected injury, and so getting checked out by a physician is important," Lt. Fielding.

Police search the area looking for any signs of a struggle. Police say since a victim hasn't come forward, they can't move ahead with an investigation.

Since August of 2012 there have been five sexual assaults reported on campus. According to the University's sexual and domestic violence services, there were 27 sexual assaults reported in 2012 and 31 in 2011.

If you know anything, you're asked to call University Police or Charlottesville Police at (434) 977-4000.


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