Berkeley police investigating alleged sexual assault at fraternity house

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BERKELEY (KRON) — A young woman was allegedly sexually assaulted while attending a gathering inside a UC Berkeley fraternity house and the incident has rattled nerves of some students on campus.

It happened over the weekend at a fraternity house on the 2700 block of Channing Way near the UC Berkeley campus.

“That Saturday night, Sunday morning, a woman reported that she was raped,” said Berkeley Police Officer Byron White.

Berkeley police say the woman is a student at Cal. On Monday some of her classmates voiced their concerns following the incident.

“It is definitely scary. You don’t hear it often in this place. You here it more like with other schools,” said student Grace Caniaveral.

Other students agree.

“Obviously it is terrible to hear, student or not, it shouldn’t be happening,” said another student, Shayan Shirkhahodai.

The alleged sexual assault is prompting some students to have second thoughts about attending frat parties in the future.

“A couple of years ago there was a bit of a spate of assaults on campus. The university seemed to have solved the problem a bit but it is disheartening to hear that happening again this year,” said student Joshua Angelo.

“I mean I don’t want one person to paint a bad picture for all of them. I am sure there are some really nice people in frats but it is scary to hear about and then go to one and not have your guard up,” said another Cal student, Zenith Kissana.

Berkeley police offer this advice for people attending large social gatherings on or off campus.

“Some helpful tips, make sure you are with another person. We always recommend a buddy system, somebody who will watch out for you,” Officer White said. “Also keep track of any drinks you might consume. You don’t want to take a drink from somebody and you don’t know where it came from.”

Berkeley police have limited information about the sexual assault suspect.

Anyone with information is asked to give police a call.

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