Two females were sexually assaulted by two male California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) students earlier this month during an off-campus fraternity function, university police announced on Thursday.
The Long Beach Police Department was contacted on Saturday, October 3, in regard to two females who reported they were sexually assaulted while attending a party hosted by the CSULB Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, LBPD spokeswoman Megan Zabel said.
According to officials, the two perpetrators—described as white males, 18 to 19 years old—knew the victims and used intimidation and force to commit the sexual assaults, which happened at the same time and in the same area.
Both students and non-students were present at the party and alcoholic beverages were reportedly widely consumed, according to a release from campus police.
Yesterday, the university released details of the assault on its website, following protocol outlined by the Clery Act.
“The purpose of this warning is to keep the campus community informed about potential safety issues on an on-going basis,” said Terri M. Carbaugh, associate vice president of public affairs. “Warnings like these, along with ongoing sexual assault awareness campaigns, raise awareness about how students can minimize the risk of becoming victims and how to report an assault that has occurred.”
The incident appears to be isolated and there is no indication of any safety concerns to the community, Zabel said.
No arrests have been made at this time.
LBPD officials said they are actively investigating the allegations.
“No other information is available to be released at this time in order to protect the integrity of the case, and protect the privacy of the victims as required by law,” said the LBPD in a statement. “Once the investigation is concluded, the case will be presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for consideration to file criminal charges.”
According to CSULB officials, the university's Title IX Office is investigating the incident. School officials have also ordered all SAE's fraternity activities to cease throughout the course of the investigation.
Anyone with information regarding this case should contact Detective Patrick Jennings in the Special Victims Section at 562.570.7368.