The Indiana University campus police last Friday arrested the suspect in the attempted rape of an IU student that occurred on campus in front of several witnesses, the Indiana Daily Student reported.
IU officers responded to reports of an attempted rape in Dunn Woods, not far from the Student Building at 5:34 p.m. on November 10. Several witnesses attempted to intervene but the suspect fled.
Police later arrested Brian Jones nearby. Jones, who is not a student at IU, was transported to Monroe County Jail where he faces multiple charges including attempted rape, battery with injury, confinement, and criminal trespass.
The period between the start of the fall semester and Thanksgiving is described as the Red Zone during which students on college campuses face a higher risk for assault.
According to the university’s 2023 Security and Public Safety report, 38 rapes were reported on the Bloomington campus in 2022 and another 5 rapes were reported off-campus. Additionally, there were 35 reported cases of non-consensual touching (AKA “fondling”) on campus and another 2 cases off campus.
The 2022 data marks an increase from previous years. In 2021, there were a total of 31 reported rapes both on and off the Bloomington campus and only 21 reported cases of fondling. In 2020, only 25 rapes and 7 cases of fondling were reported. However, the 2020 academic year was truncated due to the pandemic shutdown.
The number of reported rapes in 2022 exceeded the number of other reported crimes on the Bloomington campus, including burglary, aggravated assault, and robbery. However, similar crimes like stalking, date violence, and domestic violence were higher in 2022 compared to previous years.
Bloomington’s reported rapes are higher than other Indiana University campuses, likely due to the higher enrollment at the Bloomington campus compared to the other IU campuses.
According to recent data, over 90 percent of rape and assault victims on college campuses do not report the crime.