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U of M Student Allegedly Raped By Cab Driver

DETROIT (WWJ) A crime alert was issued at the University of Michigan early Monday morning after a student told police she was raped by a taxi driver.

The student told police she jumped in an unknown taxi at about 2 a.m. on South University to go to her off-campus apartment. But the taxi driver reportedly drove into a parking lot on East Madison, west of Packard, and sexually assaulted her.

An investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information was asked to call the U-M police at 734-763-1131 or the Ann Arbor police at 734-794-6939.

Following the incident, campus police put a safety alert on their website with the following reminders:

•Although the survivor is never at fault, prioritizing one’s personal safety is a good idea. Risk of attack by a stranger may be reduced by:
◦Being aware of your surroundings and looking assertive
◦Walking with a friend or co-worker in well-lit areas
◦Trusting your intuition – if a particular situation makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, choose an alternative
◦Keeping rooms locked at all times
◦Utilizing campus transportation resources.
•If you feel threatened on campus, look for a blue light emergency phone or call 9-1-1 from any phone (no coins needed for 9-1-1 calls).
•Call the Confidential Tip Line at 1-800-863-1355

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