University of Memphis student reports sexual assault on campus

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The University of Memphis sent out a campus alert about a sexual assault on a campus dorm Monday morning. U of M officials wrote a female student reporter a man she knew had sexually assaulted her.

“Someone who’s been hurt has spoken up which is a big part of the effort the last several years around campuses," said Deborah Clubb with the Memphis Area Women's Council. "My thought was it's too bad someone was hurt but at least they're saying they need help."

U of M student Ginni Britt could relate. She and others who spoke with WREG supported the woman who called police.

“Every time I go out guys will catcall me and everything. It’s good girls are reporting it because they need to get justice for what happened,” Britt said.

“It’s not the school that’s acting. It’s a single person messing up. Calling that person out is a good thing,” Cy Tremmel said.

Clubb said it’s also important not to blame victims, which can be tempting in a college setting.

“What I’m wearing or whether I’m drunk has nothing to do with whether I should or shouldn’t get raped. I should never get raped. That’s up to the people around me including men to not do what they know they shouldn’t be doing,” Clubb said.

She said her organization had worked with U of M on these policies in the past. She hoped campus police would conduct a fair and compassionate investigation to hold the perpetrator accountable.

U of M Police did not respond to WREG's repeated requests for information.

The Memphis Police Department is assisting in the investigation, the university said. Anyone with information can call 678-HELP or 545-COPS.