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Sexual assault awareness event following assault on campus

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UPDATE: School officials say there were 10 cases of sexual assault involving UNI students in 2014.

So far in 2015, there have been three cases.


Campus police are investigating a sexual assault happening in a University of Northern Iowa dorm.

An alert from the school states it happened in the early hours of Monday morning.

The school isn't releasing many more details, so it is not clear whether the attacker was a student.

On Wednesday, a few groups on campus, including a fraternity, joined together to bring awareness to sexual assault and violence in an event they've already had planned for a while.

Messages written boldly on shirts hung throughout a UNI campus building, both from survivors and supporters.

The event has been on the calendar for a while, but it came at a devastatingly coincidental time.

"Just to see this happen on our campus, it's definitely heartfelt by a lot of people, it's something we don't stand for," said Ryan Biegger, a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.

A sexual assault happened just days before at a dorm on the campus, and many students are shocked.

"It's really sad to hear that would happen so close to home," said Mary Besler, a student. "It's just minutes from where I live off campus, it's sad this happened in general."

Students say an attack like this affects them all personally, saying their campus community is important to them, and everyone should have the right to feel safe.

"It's just something you don't think could happen to you but it could happen to anyone," said Besler.

That's why the Sig Ep fraternity and other groups on campus are working to promote awareness and education regarding sexual assault and violence.

An event will be held on Thursday, October 22, where the fraternity will meet with high school students to educate them on how to handle situations involving violence, and how to assist victims.

Police are still investigating Monday's assault.

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