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U of M sees increase in sexual assaults, more students reporting

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There are growing concerns after increasing reports of sexual assaults at the University of Memphis.

Campus police said the number of sex assaults aren't necessarily increasing.

"I don't think we are seeing an increase in assaults. I think we are seeing an increase in reporting," said Derek Myer, Interim Police Chief for the University of Memphis.

Freshman Briauna Lovin was in shock to learn there have been two reports of sexual assaults on campus just this month.

"On this campus? I ain't never heard of that," Lovin said.

According to campus police, there've been five reports of sexual assaults on campus so far this year, compared to six reported cases for the entire year in 2015.

Both incidents this month allegedly happened at the Centennial Place Dorms on campus.

In one case, campus police said a man used social media to meet someone at his dorm. The victim said the man sexually assaulted him there.

Police said he told a staff member, who by law, reported it to police.

And, a 19-year-old girl came forward and said she was leaving her dorm room when a 20-year-old student she knew grabbed her and touched her inappropriately. She chose not to prosecute.

"I have a night class so that does kind of scare me," said University of Memphis freshman Tajanea Thomas.

Campus police are encouraging students to report all incidents of sexual assaults, even if they choose not to prosecute.

Freshman Briauna Lovin said she's being more careful.

"Girls especially, we are taught when we're little, keep your legs closed, keep to yourself, and don't give out any extra signals," Lovin said.

Campus police are warning students about the dangers of meeting strangers from social media.

Meantime, the University of Memphis does have counseling services available for all students.

To find out more about the counseling services on campus, click here

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