Troy Police and Troy University are on an active hunt for the man guilty of a Monday assault on a 20-year-old female student just off campus.
Police want Troy students and residents to be cautious at all times, and they say it is imperative to stay in touch with others concerning whereabouts.
"I’m from a small town so we're not used to stuff like this,” Troy student Jordan Peavy. “When someone in your neighborhood, something like this happens it’s really scary.”
Peavy and her roommates have changed their security routine around the house and when they travel to and from home. She said they are more proactive about locking doors and staying in touch now than ever before.
Personal counseling is made available to students who seek confidential, professional assistance for dealing with emotional issues as well as to reduce sexual assault and violence. This program is run by the SAVE Project at Troy, and they have advice for students.
"Sometimes we're complacent and we don't always exercise good caution,” SAVE Project Coordinator Fran Scheel said. “Locking your doors, making sure your windows are locked, being aware of your surroundings, also listening to our intuition. A lot of times our intuition will signal us when there is something dangerous or risky. If we trust our intuitions, nine times out of ten, that will keep us safe."
Troy Police encourage the same points as Scheel.
"The first thing to use is use good common sense,” Troy Police Department Sergeant Benny Scarborough said. “That's not saying somebody didn't, but we want to make sure that is done. Know your surroundings. Know where you are. If you're out and you have to go out, use a buddy system. Go out with friends, if you walk or jog, be sure to have somebody with you."
Scarborough encouraged anyone who believes they may be in danger to call for help without hesitation. Any suspicious persons or activity pertaining to the pending investigation should be reported as well.
Troy Police contact information is listed on WTVY’s 4 Your Info page.