A message from Chief Ronnell A. Higgins
To the Yale Community:
I write to let you know of a series of inappropriate touching incidents that occurred late this afternoon, beginning at approximately 3:30 pm. A large group of teenage males on bikes riding through campus engaged in disturbing, aggressive, and intimidating behavior. The first incident occurred at 344 College Street. An undergraduate student was jogging when one of the teens slapped her buttocks. The student sustained severe bruising.
The second incident occurred at approximately 4:48 pm in the vicinity of 60 Sachem Street. An undergraduate student was walking when a member of the group of teens groped her buttocks. The last incident occurred at approximately 5:39 pm when a graduate student was walking in the area of Hillhouse Avenue and Sachem Street. A member of the group attempted to strike her buttocks but missed, hitting her bag instead. The Yale Police are investigating.
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If you have any information regarding these incidents, please call the Yale Police at 203-432-4400. You may also send an anonymous text tip through our LiveSafe app. The Yale Police provide services and information for crime victims which can be accessed by calling 203-432-4400. The Yale Police also has a Sensitive Crimes Coordinator who can assist with resources and guidance.
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As always, if you are the victim of, or aware of, any form of sexual assault, police will investigate and will also provide referrals to other resources, such as the Sexual Harassment and Assault Response & Education Center (the SHARE Center), the Title IX Coordinator, the University-Wide Committee, Yale University Health Services, and victims’ advocacy services. As a reminder, the SHARE Center provides information, advocacy, and support for those dealing with rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, or intimate partner violence. Yale’s SHARE Center can be reached by calling (203) 432-2000. Their website,
sharecenter.yale.edu, offers a range of information, including strategies for building a safer community.
Ronnell A. Higgins
Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police
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