Police form task force to find attacker

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EUGENE, Ore. - Police have formed a task force to track down a suspect in two attacks on women in the Oregon State University campus area of Corvallis.

The Corvallis Police Department formed the 18-person task force on January 28, 2013, to investigate the two attacks on females on and near the OSU campus.

There are no solid leads on any suspects at this time, but law enforcement said they are actively canvassing key areas around the OSU campus.

Police said the community should be on high alert, individuals should not walk at night alone and be aware of their surroundings.

A town hall forum will be held at Oregon State University on Tuesday, Feb. 5, to discuss concerns related to recent assaults in Corvallis, share personal safety tips, answer questions and explain how people can become involved in campus safety efforts.

The forum will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center. It is free and open to the public, and any interested OSU students, faculty, staff or Corvallis community members are encouraged to attend.

Speakers at the meeting, which will include a panel of students and university staff, will explain the infrastructure already in place to prevent and respond to sexual violence. The meeting is also designed to let the campus community know what they can do to become more personally involved in a range of programs. Larry Roper, vice provost for student affairs, will moderate a question and answer session.

“We want to help everyone understand not only what is now available to help improve campus safety, but to learn how they can help,” said Carrie Giese, sexual violence prevention education coordinator at OSU.

“With this type of outreach effort we want more people to feel empowered,” Giese said. “Campus and community safety is everyone’s job, and there are things all of us can do to be a part of it, learn more about evidence-driven methods that can be helpful.”