UT student sexually assaulted near campus

UT student sexually assaulted near campus

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The student was assaulted behind this building in Fort Sanders. The student was assaulted behind this building in Fort Sanders.

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A female University of Tennessee student was sexually assaulted at knifepoint early Friday morning.

The student told police she was walking toward an apartment building in the 600-block of 13th Street around 2:00 a.m. when she saw four unknown men at the back of the building.

As she approached, she said one of the suspects grabbed her from behind and brandished a knife.

The man demanded her belongings and sexually assaulted her while holding her.

He then released her and all four men fled eastbound.

The first suspect is described as a black male wearing a gray hoodie and black pants or sweats.

The other three suspects also wore hoodies and dark shoes.

After hearing of the alleged attempted robbery and sexual assault some students plan to change their habits.

"Sometimes you get caught up and you think it's safe to walk home, but with an incident like this it really makes you think about always walking home with a friend or driving to the library and not having to walk back by yourself, even if it is just three blocks away," said UT student Grace Simpson.

"I think it would probably be a good idea for most women to learn some self defense and stuff or carry a whistle, carry mace. I think it's really important to be able to protect yourself," said UT student Hannah Fuson.

Anyone with information concerning this incident should contact the Knoxville Police Department at 865-215-7450.

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