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Stanford University conducts research on women reported raped in the basement of a campus building on Friday, the school announced Saturday, marking the second reported rape on the elite Northern California campus in as many months.

The attack reportedly took place around 12:30 p.m. on Friday, according to the warning issued by the Stanford Department of Public Safety, stating that “the victim indicated that she was working in her office when a man entered her office, grabbed her, dragged her.” her in a cellar, and raped her.”

No further information was available about the perpetrator than that he is described as an ‘adult man’.

The warning indicates that the woman had not reported the matter to the police, but instead to a “mandated reporter,” who then notified the campus police.

The university defines mandatory reporters as certain employees or people associated with the university, including contractors and volunteers, who are required by law to report specific crimes.

In response to a question from NBC News about the victim and perpetrator’s connections to the university, a university spokesperson said they have no further information to add after Saturday’s update.

The university has a update to the warning, announcing that the Stanford Department of Public Safety is “actively investigating” and urging university members to share any information they have with the campus public safety department “due to the limited information currently available.” is”.

The update added that the little information in the alert was all that had been reported to the public safety department, adding that “there are several reasons why a victim should not disclose information about a crime,” including trauma that can affect memory.

Friday’s reported attack follows another rape allegedly committed in a campus bathroom in August, according to a warning from the time. That incident “remains under investigation,” the statement said.

The victims in both the attacks reported Friday and August chose not to share information about the crimes with police, the update said.

“We know this report was alarming and disturbing, especially after a report of a similar nature in August near Wilbur Hall,” said the statement, which was attributed to Laura Wilson, director of the school’s Public Safety Department and titled IX coordinator Stephen Chen.

The attack, reported in August, also allegedly occurred during the day, at 5 p.m. in the bathroom of a parking lot near a student residence. according to that warning.

That report contained more information about the alleged perpetrator and described him as six feet tall with a thin build, brown eyes and a faded beard.

“The mandatory reporter stated that the victim said she had seen the person on campus before,” the warning for the August attack said.

It did not elucidate the victim or perpetrator’s connections to Stanford.

A university spokesperson did not respond to a question about whether they believed there were links between the attacks reported Friday and August.

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