SAN DIEGO - A student was sexually assaulted Tuesday night while jogging near the University of California San Diego, campus police said.
The woman was jogging around 10 p.m. when a man ran up behind her and groped her near the intersection of La Jolla Village Drive and La Jolla Scenic Drive, investigators said. The woman described the attacker as a Latino man in his late 20s who is about 5 feet 5 inches tall. He was last seen wearing a black short sleeve T-shirt and red athletic shorts.
UCSD police sent out a reminder to all students about the university's Safety Escort program, which can be requested at 858-534 -9255. The service is available daily from dusk until dawn.
Residents and students who spoke to FOX 5 are disturbed by what happened.
"It is a bit concerning, given it’s a busy high traffic area that something like that would happen." Said a jogger.
Campus police sent out text alerts to staff and students like Katina to keep an eye out and to utilize the campus’ safety escort program.
“Yeah, I definitely take the necessary precautions because I’ve been hearing more about these.” Said UCSD student Katina Menze.
Menze is a 4th year UCSD student who walks the campus daily. She says although it is upsetting, the campus has done a great job at notifying students.
“So I definitely walk with my keys in my hand, I’m always looking around and I don’t use headphones at night. “
According to the university’s campus security report released just last fall. The number of sexual assaults reported at uc san diego has steadily risen over the last three years. In 2011, there were 6 reports, compared to 20 in 2013. Despite that – experts say the increase may indicate more understanding of how to report rape, what constitutes sexual assault, or a growing awareness of the issue.
“Cause if one person speaks up it advocates for another person to speak up. And people have this sense of community where they know it’s okay to say hey this happened to me. This was an experience but we’ll get through it together.” Said Menze.
To help reduce the risk of being a crime victim, UCSD offers not only a safety escort but self-defense classes for women: or Rape Agression Defense classes for $10.
Anyone with information is asked to call UCSD Police at 858-534-4357.