Vice President for Student Affairs Ginger Ambler sent the following message to the campus community on Dec. 17, 2013 - Ed.
Dear William & Mary community,
I am writing to inform you that one of our students was raped tonight by an unknown assailant. According to Williamsburg Police, the assault occurred off campus between 8:00-8:30 p.m. in a field near the intersection of New Hope Road and Middle Road in Williamsburg, a site approximately ½ mile north of the W&M School of Education. The suspect is still at large and described as a 6’2 black male with a dark complexion and facial hair, including a possible beard. He was wearing blue jeans, a grey hooded sweatshirt and a grey skull cap. We don’t have further information at this time but we wanted the campus community to be aware of this incident. If you have any information, please call Williamsburg Police immediately at 757-220-2331.
William & Mary and the City of Williamsburg are generally very safe communities. This assault tonight, however, is an unfortunate reminder that crimes can and do occur. There may be nothing we can do to fully insulate ourselves from the reality of crime in our world. At the same time, it is helpful to remember that there are measures we can and should take to increase our level of personal safety. Whenever possible, travel with others, particularly after dark; be alert to your surroundings and the people around you; let someone else know where you are and where you may be going; and call 911 if you’re in danger at any time.
I know you share my sadness that one of our students was the victim of such a horrible crime. Please keep her in your thoughts and know we are making sure she has access to all our available resources and support services. Please also continue to look out for each other and if you notice anything suspicious -- on campus or off -- please call 911.
Virginia Miller Ambler, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs