YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – School officials at York College emailed students Wednesday informing them of an alleged sexual assault that happened back in September.
The alleged victim has identified himself through videos on social media. School officials said he’s 17 years old. It reportedly happened at one of the resident’s halls.
“We wanted our campus community to be aware of that, we did try to share as much information as possible,” Mary Dolheimer, Assistant Dean with the Office of Communications at York College, said.
School officials weren’t notified until the end of October. Members of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape said that’s normal.
“It is absolutely expected that delayed reporting is the norm,” Kristen Houser with PCAR said. “Fear of retaliation, fear of how friends and family will react. Sometimes it’s very difficult to admit to yourself that you’ve been victimized.”
Once campus safety was notified, the student posted a video on social media describing what happened.
“Sometimes saying what happened and owning it is a way of regaining control. It’s a way of trying to have control over what people will and won’t know about you if you’re the one taking the bull by the horns to say it,” Houser said.
School officials have not asked him to remove it. They said it’s not their job to do so.
“Our concern is really that students understand that we are taking the allegations seriously, we are listening to the alleged victim, and we are taking the appropriate action to ensure the safety of the victim as well as the other students on campus,” Dolheimer said.
In that email to students, the York College President said in part, “The allegation does not involve another student or a college employee, but a contract employee who has been removed from campus. Because of student privacy concerns, more details about the incident cannot be shared at this time.”
The student is currently not on campus. It is still under investigation.