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Male UC Berkeley Student Sexually Assaulted: University Police

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    A male UC Berkeley student was sexually assaulted early Tuesday morning inside a university affiliated student cooperative housing unit, university police said. Jean Elle reports. (Published Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016)

    A male UC Berkeley student was sexually assaulted early Tuesday morning inside a university affiliated student cooperative housing unit, university police said.

    The assault was reported Tuesday by the student, who told officials he was assaulted by a man he met on the internet. University police sent a campus-wide alert about the incident.

    Student Bryan Wang said the assault is a warning for all students about the dangers of online meetings.

    "I guess a general rule of thumb is don't trust strangers, don't invite them to your room; that's just my perspective," he said. "As tragic as it is, I feel like when students read this, they get a better understanding of what a sexual assault is."

    The suspect is approximately 20 years old, police said. Officials didn't say if he is a student.

    The victim and the suspect met at the victim's co-op room, and the assault occurred around 1:30 a.m., police said.

    It was not clear what website the victim used to meet his accused attacker.

    Students say the crime alert indicates university police are taking the report seriously. They say every victim, male or female, deserves justice.

    "It's strong to send a message that no matter who you are you are welcome and protected at UC Berkeley," Wang said.

    No arrests were made.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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