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Apr 30, 2013 9:41 PM by Keli Moore, KSBY News

Cal Poly student suspected of being sexually assaulted in her dorm

"It's a crime that historically goes unreported," said George Hughes, Chief of University Police at Cal Poly.

In fact, less than five percent of all sexual assaults are reported to law enforcement.

On Monday, a Cal Poly student sought help from Cal Poly's sexual assault organization, SAFER, saying she had been sexually assaulted in her dorm over the weekend.

The victim chose not report it to police, so there is no investigation into the crime. The only reason University Police have knowledge of the incident is because, by law, if a student goes to SAFER, the organization has to report it because it's federally funded.

"We were informed that alcohol was involved and she was unable to consent or resist the sex act because of the level of intoxication," said Hughes. "The suspected sexual assault happened in Muir dorm."

"Reporting to law enforcement can be empowering for the survivor because they know they are doing all that they can do, but sometimes it is opposite and it doesn't feel good. Really, each person is so different," said Christina Kaviani, who is part of SAFER.

According to Cal Poly's University Police, two sexual assaults reportedly happened on campus in 2012 and one in 2011. San Luis Obispo Police say there have been a string of sexual assaults this year -- 10 rape cases in the city and three near campus.

"I don't think there are more sexual assaults happening. I think more people are reporting them," said Kaviani.

She said education is crucial to preventing sexual assaults, and this begins with talking about sex and relationships at a young age.

"More reporting means there is an environment to come forward," said Kaviani.

Sunday's suspected attack came one day after the community recognized sexual assault victims at Walk a Mile in Her Shoes. It was the 11th year for the event.

April marks Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a time to educate the community about rape, sexual assault and domestic violence.

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