by Adam Schalke
The suspect of a recent sexual assault at DePaul University was arrested by the Chicago Police Department. The suspect, forty year-old Isidrio Valverde,was charged with the felonies of sexual assault and resisting an officer, as well as misdemeanors of reckless driving, driving without insurance, and driving on an expired license.
Last Thursday, Valverde allegedly committed sexual assault on a student at DePaul university around 1:40 a.m. As Valverde fled the scene, he struck a police officer with his vehicle. The student is at a local hospital in good condition, and the officer was released late last week. Valverde may also be connected to two other sexual assaults in the surrounding areas. The two cases were reported to have occurred at 3:45 a.m. on Aug. 9 and 12:25 a.m. on Aug. 15, in Lincoln Park and the Gold Coast respectively. While the suspect in both cases was identified as having similar features to Valverde, he is not currently be charged with any crimes in those cases.
DePaul University’s Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Ashley Knight, was asked by a journalist from The Torch as to what DePaul plans to do to stop further instances of sexual assaults from happening in the future. “[DePaul’s] Office of Health Promotion & Wellness (HPW) and departments across the University offer a wide range of year-round services and programs to support survivors and provide education around sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, consent, healthy relationships and bystander intervention,” she wrote in an email. “Support and education is provided to the entire DePaul community – students, staff and faculty.”
While we at The Torch do not condone or practice blaming victims of sexual assault for their experiences, we wish to provide for the safety of our fellow Rooseveltians and to remind our students that anyone can be a victim of sexual assault, regardless of their sex or gender. Remember to bring a friend if you’re going out late at night or in the early morning, avoid suspicious people or activity, keep to populated and well-lit areas, and if you see somebody doing something that looks like they shouldn’t be doing, say something or find a person with authority to address the situation.