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Rape reported on MTSU campus

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For the second time in as many days, a rape has been reported on a mid-state college campus.

Middle Tennessee State University officials sent out an email alerting students that a rape was reported on campus, but some students said that's not good enough.

The unidentified MTSU female student showed up at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital Monday claiming she had been raped.

"We have no indication that there is a wider threat to the campus community, but we are tracking the situation very closely," said Jimmy Hart, director of News and Media Affairs at MTSU.

University officials have little to go on. They don't know who the student is, where the rape allegedly happened on campus or who the attacker is.

"We received very basic, minimum information from the hospital," Hart said. "This was at the victim's request."

The alleged rape happened on the first day of classes for the fall semester. MTSU freshman Amanda Davis said she isn't too concerned.

"I can handle my own, so I don't ever put myself in a situation where that could happen," Davis said.

But other students are fearful.

"Of course it concerns me because I'm a female student, and I walk the campus like any other female," MTSU senior Jasmine Hill said. "It's just scary to know that it happened so early."

Hill believes the university is not doing enough to spread the word.

"Something just should have been done that the whole campus should have been aware of," she said. "Most people don't check their email from day-to-day. Everybody should have known when it happened and where it happened."

The university has many resources available for sexual assault victims both on and off campus. They offer Rape Aggression Defense classes and a Rave Guardian Campus Safety mobile app. The app has a panic button feature that connects directly to campus police and has GPS capability.

"Any time there is an incident, we take it very seriously," Hart said. "Our university police respond very quickly. We try to do everything we can before and after to make sure the campus is safe."

University officials said students can download the Rave Guardian Campus Safety app from iTunes or the Google Play store and sign up with their campus email address.

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