Rape reported by SUNY Cortland student; police looking for suspect

CORTLAND, N.Y. – A SUNY Cortland student has reported a rape incident that occurred in the early morning hours Wednesday, according to the college.

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The incident occurred near the intersection of Groton Avenue and Graham Avenue, according to police. The suspect is unknown and fled the area after the attack, police said.

The city of Cortland Police Department is investigating the incident. Anyone with information is urged to call the department at 607-753-3001 ext. 323.

The incident follows a rape reported last month by a SUNY Cortland student.

Nicholas Vicioso, 20, was arrested and charged in connection with that incident. His next scheduled court appearance is Oct. 21 in Cortland City Court.

We will provide updates to this story as they become available.

SUNY Cortland released the following statement Tuesday morning:

In compliance with the “Timely Notice” provision of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, SUNY Cortland is giving notice of a rape incident that occurred on Groton Avenue in the City of Cortland.

Reported Offense: A SUNY Cortland student reported a rape incident that occurred on October 7, 2015 in the early morning hours. The incident occurred near the intersection of Groton Avenue and Graham Avenue.  

Suspect(s): The suspect is unknown and fled the area after the attack.

It is the institution’s responsibility to make the campus community aware that the incident took place.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Cortland City Police at 607-753-3001 ext. 323

Remember, sexual assault is never the fault of the victim. While nothing is failsafe, here are some suggestions everyone may want to consider:

  • Make sure you have consent. Consent is a clear and freely given yes, not the absence of a no.
  • People who are incapacitated by alcohol or drugs cannot give consent.
  • Practice being assertive about your boundaries and trust your instincts. If you feel uneasy or sense something is wrong, call for assistance.
  • Be active in supporting a safe and respectful community. If you see others engaging in disrespectful or inappropriate actions, speak up and get involved or contact someone else to assist.

If you have been sexually assaulted, there are resources available to help you. Please visit our Reporting Options page and our Title IX Resource page for more information.

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