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Tempe Police urge ASU students to beware of underage drinking, sexual assaults

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Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2012 7:10 am

As ASU students return to campus this week, Tempe Police are continuing to urge them not to engage in underage drinking that can lead to sexual assaults and other crime.

But despite their efforts, at least two separate incidents of reported sexual assault were reported Tuesday night by two young women who were highly intoxicated at a party hosted by Gateway Apartments, 1655 E. University, according to a news release.

“Those incidents remain under investigation, and they serve to underscore that the hosting of such parties – either with the alcohol supplied, or ‘BYOB’, as is sometimes advertised on social media, encourages young people to drink to excess. Facilitating such behavior is irresponsible and leads to putting young lives at risk,” the release said.

“We need the entire community to help prevent young people from becoming victims, especially with sexual assault, which is among the most heinous of crimes. Unfortunately, a few businesses and apartment complexes continue to facilitate or encourage these parties, compromising the safety of young people – it’s reprehensible and it’s got to stop,” Chief of Police Tom Ryff said. “We will continue to work with the State Liquor Board and other law enforcement partners to hold these property managers and business owners accountable for their behavior and any violations of criminal statutes.”

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