UPDATE: UWPD arrest suspect in sexual assault case

UPDATED: Friday, September 5, 2014 --- 10:23 p.m.

UW Madison Police say they have arrested a suspect in connection with a sexual assault back on August 22.

21-year-old Amory J. Waters of Fond du Lac has been charged with second degree sexual assault.

UWPD says over the last few weeks detectives collected evidence and spoke to witnesses which lead to the arrest of Waters.

Police say he is currently being held in the Dane County Jail.


Posted Monday, August 25, 2014 --- 9:11 p.m.

Students and police at UW-Madison are on heightened alert after a second stranger sex assault near campus.

The latest incident happened around 1:30 a.m. Friday morning near 21 North Park Street. A 21-year-old female was walking home and was assaulted by a stranger, police say.

"We're not talking about an inappropriate touch or something like that, we're talking about a very serious sexual assault that occurred Friday," said UW Police spokesman Marc Lovicott.

Another assault occurred two days earlier, on August 20th, around 2:30 a.m. near Fahrenbrook Court. Today, Madison Police arrested 27-year-old Marcus Boone in connection with that attack.

"It's concerning and it's rare to see something like this happening so early before school even begins," Lovicott said.

With two reported attacks, statistics suggest other attacks are occurring, but aren't getting reported. Kelly Anderson, Executive Director for the Rape Crisis Center, hopes more emphasis will be placed on the attackers, and not what the victim was doing at the time.

"I would just really encourage people to think about the underlying assumptions that lead you to wonder why a woman was walking alone, rather than why a man was looking for someone to rape. I just think we need to turn that question around, or we're not going to have a safe community," she said.

Still, measures can be taken to minimize your risk of being attacked. Police recommend students avoid walking alone, walk in groups and in well-lit areas. When necessary, call a cab.

"It's kind of like a heads up... definitely don't walk home alone," said UW Senior Marissa Mersch. "It's something you have to consider because that could be you."

If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual assault, you can confidentially contact the Rape Crisis Center hotline, which operates 24/7. The number is 608-251-RAPE.

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