In wake of sexual assaults, Campus Security issues warning to not commit sexual assault

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VANCOUVER (The News Desk) — Following the third sexual assault on the University of British Columbia campus in a month, head of UBC Campus Security Greg Burns has warned locals to “stay vigilant, remain watchful and most importantly, to not commit sexual assault.”

“This weekend’s incident is a reminder that sexual assault is a problem in our society,” Burns told assembled press today. “That’s why Campus Security would like to provide everyone with some helpful tips that will hopefully decrease the chances of this happening in the future.

“First, if you find yourself walking around late at night, please remember: do not commit sexual assault. There are laws against this.

“Also, understand that whether your victim is alone, whether they are female and whether they are dressed in a certain way does not make what you’re doing more permissible.”

Burns reminded those walking around campus at night that there is safety in numbers. “Remember, if you travel with a group, it will be much more difficult for you to commit sexual assault,” he said.

When one reporter questioned whether the onus should be on victims to prevent sexual assaults from occurring, Burns disagreed vigorously.

“It would be ridiculous to expect victims to walk around in constant vigilance and fear of sexual assault,” he said. “That kind of arrangement would be insane. I can’t tell you how happy I am that we live in a society where we don’t blame victims like that.” ♦

Photo via Mark Wainwright