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Clemson Attacker Still Out There, Patrols Increase

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Clemson University Police are still looking for a man who violently sexually assaulted a 24-year-old student while she was jogging on campus early Sunday morning. Clemson University Police are still looking for a man who violently sexually assaulted a 24-year-old student while she was jogging on campus early Sunday morning.
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Clemson University Police are still looking for a man who violently sexually assaulted a 24-year-old student while she was jogging on campus early Sunday morning.

Chief Johnson Link said a campus police officer found the woman unconscious at about 1 a.m. Saturday on the sidewalk between the Life Sciences Facility and the greenhouses at Clemson. Link said the victim was hit in the head, choked and sexually assaulted.

Clemson sophomore Hannah Madison woke up to a text alert Saturday morning warning about the assault.

It didn’t stop Madison and her friend from jogging past where the attack happened Monday morning, although they waited until daylight.

“I don't think I'll ever run in the dark again,” said Madison.

Link said the victim reported the attacker grabbed her from behind, so she doesn't know what he looks like.

For now, university police are stepping up patrols. The department called in officers who were supposed to be off on Martin Luther King Day.

In the text and email alerts about the attack, the university urged students to get a ride from a Tiger Transit bus, instead of walking at night.

“Tiger Transit can sometimes not really show up or you're just waiting for a long time," said Madison.

Tiger Transit Coordinator James Gowan said the system is overloaded.

“During the school year we had 116,000 riders request rides. That's a lot for three or four buses to handle,” said Gowan.

He said the average wait time is six to eight minutes, although there are longer delays on days when big campus events are going on.

In the wake of the attack, Tiger Transit has added extra drivers to reduce wait times.

But what about the longterm? Gowan said calling for a ride slows down the system. To fix that problem, students can now request a ride with a smartphone app or online.

Clemson junior Griffin Wynkoop said she'll now think twice before jogging alone in the dark.

“I’m so lucky that that didn't happen to me. And you just realize - I think so many times we just think that would never happen to me when things like this happen. It could be us and it's just scary. I think that this could happen anywhere,” said Wynkoop.

University police are urging students and staff to keep an eye out for blue light emergency phones while they’re walking around campus.

If you have any information about the attack, you can call the Clemson University Police Department at 864-656-2222 or email police@clemson.edu

According to Clemson University’s student affairs website, a study at the university shows one in five female Clemson students experience some type of sexual victimization during their first year on campus. The website said that’s on-par with national rates on other college campuses. The site said getting attacked by a stranger is not the norm. Most Clemson students reported knowing their attackers.

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