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ICPD Investigates Alleged Assault Of Minor

Updated: Tuesday, July 16 2013, 08:58 PM CDT
IOWA CITY, Iowa (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- Police are investigating a reported assault in downtown Iowa City Monday afternoon.

The alleged victim is a student attending a University of Iowa summer camp.

That alleged assault is starting a discussion in Iowa City of whether downtown is safe.

Even on a summer day when classes are out, downtown Iowa City is still a busy place, enough so that people need to be safe.

The University of Iowa told us about an assault that allegedly took place Monday afternoon.

"Broad daylight," University of Iowa spokesperson Tom Moore said.

A minor, on campus for a summer camp, reported the incident and was taken to the hospital to get checked out.

"We have reached out to the parents of all the campers, informed them of the incident, and gave them a chance to ask any questions or express any concerns they might have," Moore said.

We ran into some students who are attending journalism camp this week.

They were told about the alleged incident but don't feel any less safe.

"I've lived here awhile. There's never been a time where I have felt threatened," Lushia Anson said.

"I'm comfortably safer here than I am in Chicago," Stephon Berry said.

"Stranger danger, right? It's just like, if you see someone suspicious, stay away," Marisa Potts said.

Campus police said to maintain a buddy system downtown and even draw attention to yourself if you feel like someone is following you.

Folks like Megan Dotson said to be intentional about your safety.

"I just don't put myself at risk and be vulnerable. Don't wear headphones all the time. Know where you're going. Know your surroundings," Dotson said.

The Iowa City Police Department is not releasing other details. They said it is still under investigation.
ICPD Investigates Alleged Assault Of Minor

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