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2 women report sexual assault near EWU

2 women report sexual assault near EWU

CHENEY, Wash. - Two Eastern Washington University students say they were sexually assaulted over the weekend near campus. As sexual assault becomes all too familiar on college campuses, the school is trying to prevent it.

EWU says these women did exactly what they encourage students to do: report the incidents.

Both women report they were assaulted at parties. One on Friday evening at a residence on Washington Court and one on Saturday evening at an unknown address on 6th street.

"We know that rape is a societal problem, sexual assault is a societal problem and it particularly affects college age students," said Amy Johnson, the Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Eastern Washington University.

Learning about sexual assault is required of all incoming students at EWU.

"It's a course that addresses sexual assault education as well as the resources we have on campus," said Johnson.

It's one of many sexual assault resources on campus, these programs also address alcohol and drug use.

"Because we know these things are often tied," said Johnson.

"There's usually alcohol involved in probably 90 percent of these cases on both sides, not just one," said Deputy Chief of EWU police.

Over the last few years, there has been an increase in the number of students coming forward to make reports, but that doesn't mean there have been more incidents.

"They've always had programs in place to report these kinds of things and there are many ways to do it," said Gasseling.

The higher number of reports means the school's programs are working.

"While no amount of sexual assault on college campus is acceptable, it's heartening to us," said Johnson, "Students are willing to come forward and say, even that is inappropriate and it shouldn't have happened to me and let's us address it."

Neither woman has named a suspect or pursued an investigation.

Gasseling says this is common. Women, specifically students who report sexual assault often do not press charges because they just want to go back to normal and forget about it.