Sunday, October 23, 2011

Rape report at Purdue was false, second rape report at Purdue is assumed to be true

I am reprinting a news story verbatim. The deficiencies in the reporting are so glaring, they speak for themselves.  It's a report about a second alleged sexual assault at Purdue in several days. The first was found to be false. Yet the second is treated as a for-certain sexual assault. Here is the story:

Purdue police investigating sexual assault

Purdue University police are investigating a Saturday morning sexual assault that occurred near the south side of Heavilon Hall on campus.
The assault occurred about 12:45 a.m. The suspect is described as a white, college-age male standing 5 feet, 11 inches and weighing about 200 pounds. He was reportedly wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt.
Purdue spokeswoman Jeanne Norberg said officials are viewing security tape from security cameras in the area.

"We hope the video will be of some use," Norberg said.

Police are asking anyone with information or who may have been in the area to call the anonymous WeTip hotline at (800) 782-7463.

Norberg said officials are encouraging students to take advantage of the Safe Walk program, where members of the student security patrol escort those walking on campus alone at night. An escort can be requested by dialing (765) 494-7233.

"We're urging everyone to be aware of their surroundings and to utilize Safe Walk and make sure they're not walking alone," Norberg said.

This is the second reported sexual assault in the past week.

The first, which was later determined to be a false report, was reported by 18-year-old Clarks Hill resident Tiphani Webb, who told police she was raped by a male acquaintance around midnight Tuesday near the John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge.

Webb was arrested Friday on suspicion of false informing and booked into Tippecanoe County Jail.

Norberg said it is believed there is no connection between the reports.