Rutgers student groped in dorm room, police say
NEW BRUNSWICK — Rutgers Police are are looking for a man who allegedly groped a woman in her dorm room on Friday.
Rutgers Police say the man entered a Mettler Hall dorm room through an open door and began to kiss a student sitting inside at about 4:30 p.m. The man touched her breasts and groin over her clothing around before the woman was able to distance herself from the man and order him to leave. The man left the dorm and headed in an unknown direction.
The woman did not suffer any injuries from the incident. The suspect was described as a thin, college-aged white male with blonde hair.
The attack took place at the end of a campus wide "It's On Us" campaign to end sexual assault on college campuses.
Former Vice President Joseph Biden in a speech on the New Brunswick campus said that men on campus to take more responsibility for their actions.
"When you see that person who’s stone cold drunk and you see someone, maybe your roommate, bringing her upstairs; if you see that and don’t stand up and say, ‘Not in my house, Jack,’ you’re a coward. Speak out. Get others up to come with you," Biden said.
His message for women was to not just lend a sympathetic ear after a friend has been assaulted but to take action.
“You women have an obligation not just to be a sympathetic ear but to help. To know what resources are available. Take her by the hand and say, ‘Here’s what we’re going to do. Here’s where we’re going to go.’ That’s what we mean when we say ‘It’s On Us.’ It’s on each one of us,” he added.
Mettler Hall is a four-story building on College Avenue. It's home to 225 first-year and continuing students.
The Rutgers Police Department asks that anyone with information, or who may have been in the area at the time, to contact the Rutgers Police Department Detective Bureau at 848-932-8025.
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