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IU Bloomington campus on alert after report of sexual assault

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BLOOMINGTON, IN (WTHR) - Indiana University students are looking over their shoulders and campus police are looking for a man who sexually assaulted a student outside his dorm. The victim, a 19-year-old man, told police he was out at 5:00 am Thursday morning, moving his car to avoid getting a parking ticket.

The attack occurred in the parking lot of Eigenmann residence hall on the east side of the Bloomington campus. The victim says his attacker walked up and asked a question about the dorm.

IU Police Chief Keith Cash described what happened next.

"When [the student] responded, the unknown male grabbed his head, slammed it against the car, put a knife to his throat and the male was sexually assaulted," said the police chief.

The student called police. His attacker ran off before they arrived.

Across the Bloomington campus, IU students woke up to crime alerts and safety warnings flashed to their smart phones and computers.

Kyle Hardwick, a muscular and fit-looking freshman, called the crime unnerving.

"Weapons can equalize a fight very quickly. That fact that a knife was involved unnerved me," he explained.

Students who say they've become accustomed to IU's frequent warnings to look out for their own personal safety were taken aback as well.

The crime, its brutality and victim, a man, are extraordinary.

Ryan Felt is a senior who works in the residence hall and lives nearby.

"I was alone walking past two in the morning."

And when he saw the alert?

"That definitely changes going forward." Felt says "going forward," he won't be going out late alone any more.

Megan Forgey says she won't be either. "I was thinking about tonight, because I am going to a study session until 10:30. I am planning who I am going to walk home with." The freshman quickly enrolled in the IU safety alert system..

IU Police have only a vague description of the attacker: A black male, 6'2", with long hair, 22 to 30 years old.

The victim was treated and released from the hospital. Investigators hope that security cameras in the area can provide them with a better description and more clues leading them to an arrest. If you saw anything or have any information about this attack, you are asked to call IU Police.

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