Rapes at DU: Sex Assault Near Pioneer Restaurant One of 8 Attacks This Year

Sexual assaults have become all too frequent at the University of Denver.

In late March, DU officials informed the campus community about two sex assaults — crimes that brought the sexual assault total for the year to seven.

Now comes another incident — a rape that DU authorities say took place in a parking lot near the Pioneer restaurant, where the victim had been prior to the attack.

According to a DU campus alert, shared below in its entirety, the assault happened late Thursday or early Friday, June 2 or 3, in the parking lot directly south of the Newman Center for Performing Arts. The time stamp on the report is 2 a.m. on June 3.

The area is captured in the following interactive graphic. If you have problems seeing the image, click "View on Google Maps."

The release notes that campus security was alerted by the Denver Police Department about a rape that occurred at the location.

The student had been at the Pioneer restaurant, the alert continues, after which "the student and the suspect returned to her vehicle, which was parked on the lower level of Lot P, where the rape occurred."

Afterward, the suspect allegedly fled the scene.

At this point, no suspect description has been shared. But people with information about the crime are encouraged to call DU's Department of Campus Safety. The non-emergency number is 303-871-2334, while the emergency number is 303-871-3000.

That so many sexual assaults have taken place at DU this year can't make parents — and particularly parents of female students — very comfortable.

Look below to see a 9News report from March about sexual assaults on the campus, followed by the alert about the latest incident, complete with additional safety information.

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