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Summer crime wave rocks Case Western campus

Lauren Hennen

Issue date: 8/28/09 Section: News
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 When a Case Western Reserve University graduate student was raped at Wade Lagoon on June 21st, Catalina Arbelaez Piedrahita did not hear about it from the security alert, sent in an email to the campus population. Piedrahita was in class without email access. Instead, Piedrahita learned of the crime from others.

 "I kind of heard about it all at once, from a lot of different people. I saw it on the news, other students talked about it, my mom even called me," said Piedrahita, a sophomore student at Case. "It was a shock."             

Other students on campus shared Piedrahita's feelings, and in response, Case President Barbara Snyder issued a message to the campus community. In her email, Snyder expressed sorrow over what had happened and reminded students of security measures available to them on campus. Just one day after Snyder's message was sent to the Case community, Case students received another email. It was another security alert -a robbery. And it had happened, once again, at Wade Lagoon.             

The crimes at Wade Lagoon were two of three occurring in the University Circle area that week in June. A third security alert was issued to the campus community on June 26, after a woman was accosted by a man at the Cedar RTA station. A fourth alert came less than a month later, after a Case student was pulled into a car at gunpoint and forced to withdraw money at several ATMs. 

Campus and community response to the crimes was swift. The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women co-sponsored a march around Wade Lagoon on July 13, collaborating with University Counseling Services, the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, and the Case Police Department. Over 50 marchers attended the event, and speakers talked about staying safe on campus and preventing violence against women. Katie Hanna, the Women's Health Advocate at the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, said that the March Around Wade Lagoon was a direct result of students' response to the attacks.             

"Both staff and students expressed a need to talk about what happened," Hanna said. "People's sense of security was really shaken."             
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