Penn State po­lice warn stu­dents of un­known men ha­rass­ing women

The Morning Call - - LOCAL NEWS - By Steve Mar­roni

Penn State Univer­sity and State Col­lege po­lice are jointly in­ves­ti­gat­ing re­ports of un­known men ha­rass­ing women on and off cam­pus over the last week.

The in­ci­dents seem to have some stu­dents on edge, WJACTV is re­port­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to in­ves­ti­ga­tors, po­lice are seek­ing the pub­lic’s help in ver­i­fy­ing the re­ports they re­ceived about the ha­rass­ment. In some of the re­ports, un­known men grabbed women by the arm while try­ing to speak to them, po­lice say.

Po­lice ad­vise stu­dents to avoid walk­ing alone from dusk to dawn and say they can call 814-865-9255 for a po­lice or pub­lic safety es­cort on cam­pus.

Stu­dents are con­cerned about the re­ports.

“It’s re­ally scary to think about how, like at night I could be com­ing back from the li­brary and some­thing hor­ri­ble could just hap­pen,” Penn State stu­dent Chris­tine Kovell told WJAC.

“I think ev­ery­one is just a lit­tle more aware now when they’re walk­ing alone and not so non­cha­lant,” an­other stu­dent, Madi­son Katz, told the sta­tion. “It def­i­nitely makes it scarier know­ing it, so many peo­ple around, maybe that’s why this is hap­pen­ing.”

For now, po­lice say they have just re­ceived third-party re­ports and are work­ing to ver­ify them.

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