Rape allegations surface at UCLA fraternity house

WESTWOOD, Calif. (KABC) -- UCLA police are investigating a report that a female was allegedly sexually assaulted at a fraternity house over the weekend.

The victim was allegedly incapacitated during the assault, which took place between 11:15 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday, Nancy Greenstein of the UCLA Police Department said in a statement.

Investigators are focusing their investigation on houses located specifically on Gayley Avenue, UCLA's fraternity district. The victim told police she blacked out and doesn't remember exactly where she was.

Meanwhile, students say they're not surprised.

"Almost every weekend a lot of these fraternities do have parties that do tend to get out of hand," said junior Rita Bedoyan.

Students say party guests may get swept up in a scene fueled by alcohol and peer pressure.

"There is too much noise. There is too much darkness for people to really see what's going on. If a friend was being sexually assaulted, a group of friends may not even know if a young woman went missing because that stuff just happens here," said junior Joshua Galanti.

UCLA provides multiple resources for sexual assault prevention and specific training for sororities and fraternities.

"We have a governing body. We have IFC on campus that manages all things like this. With respect to that, we also have a risk management committee in the house, other houses as well," one student said.

But the ultimate safeguard, students say, is trusting your instincts.

The suspect was described as a white man, about 20 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 160 pounds with dark hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with further information on this case was urged to call UCLA police detectives at (310) 825-9371.



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