USM student assaulted, campus police investigating

USM student assaulted, campus police investigating

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Southern Miss officials confirmed that a female student was assaulted last week.

The victim told officials two male students groped her and yelled out "Trump 2016" last Thursday near the Payne Center.

The student, Kaitlyn Buckley, detailed the incident on her Facebook page.

"Today, I saw two boys standing in the parking lot wearing Trump shirts on my way to class. As I passed by, one of them reached out and grabbed me (very inappropriately). I immediately turned around and pushed him away from me, which apparently surprised him because he fell backwards. After calling me some creative names, the guy had the nerve to call campus police on me. As much as I would have loved to explain this situation to the police, they flat out told me they would lie about what happened. I needed to get to class so when I started to walk away when the other guy yelled, "Trump is going to be president now, maybe you didn't get the memo but you better get used to it". The phrase "locker room talk" is a dismissal of a much larger problem, and we need to acknowledge and correct this kind of thinking/behavior from friends and family. If any of my friends at USM see these boys today, please report them and stay safe out there."

Campus police issued the following statement regarding the incident:

"At 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, University Police received a report from a student regarding an incident near the Payne Center parking lot at approximately 9 a.m. that morning. UPD immediately followed up on the report and is continuing to investigate the incident. If members of the Southern Miss community have related information, they are encouraged to contact UPD at 601.266.4986.

The University takes reports of harassment and intimidation seriously and remains steadfast in its commitment to fostering an inclusive environment that supports all members of its community.

As a reminder, faculty, staff or students who believe that they are the victim of harassment or intimidation can take immediate action by contacting one or more of the following offices:

•         University Police Department, 601.266.4986

•         Office of the Dean of Students, 601.266.6028or

•         Title IX Office, 601.266.6804601.266.4466, or

•         Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity, 601.266.6618,"

Campus police said they will continue to investigate, and ask anyone with information on the case to call the department.