ITHACA, N.Y. — Two rapes have recently been reported at Ithaca College, an official said Thursday.

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College spokesman David Maley said the most recent report was made at the end of August and the other rape was reported this month but happened nearly a year ago.

He confirmed that the first incident allegedly happened on campus Aug. 24 and was reported Sept. 1.

“The individual that this happened to did not report this to public safety,” Maley said.

Another person reported it, enabling officials to contact the victim shortly afterward.

“The victim declined to provide any additional information or pursue any charges,” he said.

The rape, however, will remain under investigation in case more information becomes available.

Maley said officials do not know who the alleged perpetrator is, but said the two people knew each other.

The second rape was reported by Title IX investigators Sept. 3 and allegedly happened last year between Sept. 20- 21.

He said the victim did not report it to police and did not want to pursue criminal charges. The two people also knew each other.

“There’s no investigation in place because there’s no information we have on it at all,” he said.

Maley said new students were taught about resources to combat sexual assault and rape as part of orientation, but prevention efforts take place throughout the year.

Survivors of domestic or sexual abuse can contact The Advocacy Center in Ithaca for information about resources in the community.

At Ithaca College, survivors can contact the Office of Public Safety at 607-274-3333 or learn about Sexual Harrassment and Assault Response and Education on the college’s website. Additional information for assistance at the college is also available in the Ithaca College website.

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Jolene Almendarez

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