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NOTICE – Campus Safety Bulletin - Sexual Assault at Gold Park
Jan. 26, 2016
You are receiving this bulletin because you are part of the Edmonds Community College community. Through awareness, we are working to keep our campus safe.
Edmonds CC Campus Security and the Lynnwood Police Department (LPD) received a report today, Jan. 26, of an alleged sexual assault that took place in the evening on Mon., Jan. 25 at approximately 7 p.m. in Gold Park. Gold Park is located at 6421 200th St. SW, Lynnwood, about one block east of the Edmonds CC campus on 200th St. SW.
The assailants are described as a group of four males, approximately 23-27 years of age. One is described as a dark skinned male wearing a red hoodie, a dark or black ball cap, and a large metallic rectangular belt buckle, approximately six feet tall with a muscular build. Two others are described as a light skinned male and a dark skinned male, with no other identifiers. There are no details on the fourth male.
The victim told LPD that the four males pulled her into the park as she walked by. At this time, the victim is being cared for by counseling and healthcare personnel and has the full support of LPD and college resources.
Although the location of the assault was not on college owned property or on campus, you are receiving this notice to ensure our students and campus community are aware of situations of concern in our surrounding communities.
We urge our students and employees to be aware and take the following precautions to increase their safety both on and off campus:
- Choose routes that are well lit and populated whenever possible.
- Locate convenient, well-lighted, frequently used bus stops.
- Check transit schedules in advance and avoid waiting alone at bus stops.
- If you are verbally or physically harassed, report the incident to the bus driver immediately.
- Be sure you can hear what is happening around you (use only use one earbud if listening to music or talking on the phone).
- Travel with a friend.
If you are attacked:
- Be physically and psychologically prepared to defend yourself.
- When faced with danger, stay calm, think rationally, and find a way to escape.
- Observe as much as you can about the physical characteristics, clothing, and behavior of the assailant(s).
This information will be important in the police investigation.
Those with information or questions should contact the Lynnwood Police Department at 425.670.5600 or the Edmonds CC Department of Safety, Security, and Emergency Preparedness at 425.754.0154.
Whenever a situation is of concern to our campus community, we will notify you. Edmonds CC urges anyone who is a victim of any crime to call 911 immediately AND make a report to Campus Security.
Victims of any form of sexual assault are encouraged to seek confidential support at the Counseling and Resource Center in Mountlake Terrace Hall 145 (www.edcc.edu/counseling or 425.640.1358).
REMEMBER, if you See Something, Say Something by calling Campus Security 24/7 at 425.754.0154.
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The college seeks to stay open to fulfill its mission whenever possible — so, most likely, it will be classes as usual for the college — but individuals should protect their own health and safety. Take care of yourself and be safe!
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Edmonds CC is committed to ensuring the safety of our campus community. Please be aware of public health concerns regarding the recent outbreaks of Enterovirus D-68 (EV-D68) and the Ebola Virus Disease.
It is important that we all practice safe health habits such as:
- washing hands,
- covering coughs, and
- staying home when ill.
Use hand sanitizer — especially when sharing computers in the library and computer labs — to prevent the spread of influenza and many other viruses.
According to the Snohomish Health District, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed the presence of EV-D68 in Washington state, including in Snohomish and King Counties.
Many people who get sick from EV-D68 have only mild symptoms, like runny nose or coughing with or without fever. However, it is important that anyone sick be especially watchful for any signs of wheezing or worsening asthma and seek medical help promptly if breathing difficulty occurs. Children and adults with asthma should be sure to take their medications as prescribed and have an asthma control plan with their healthcare provider. They should contact their healthcare provider promptly if asthma symptoms worsen even after taking medication.
For more information about EV-D68:
Snohomish Health District: www.snohd.org
Ebola Virus Disease
According to the CDC, symptoms of the Ebola Virus Disease include fever (greater than 101.5°F; low grade fever of 99.0F should be investigated), severe headache, muscle pain, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal (stomach) pain, and unexplained hemorrhage (bleeding or bruising). Symptoms may appear anywhere from two to 21 days after exposure to Ebola, but the average is eight to 10 days.
There is no FDA‐approved vaccine available for Ebola. According to the CDC, to best protect yourself from Ebola:
- DO wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol‐based hand sanitizer;
- Do NOT touch the blood or body fluids (like urine, feces, saliva, vomit, sweat, and semen) of people who are sick;
- Do NOT handle items that may have come in contact with a sick person's blood or body fluids, like clothes, bedding, needles, or medical equipment; and
- Do NOT touch the body of someone who has died of Ebola.
When in doubt, contact the local health department at www.snohd.org.
For more information about the Ebola Virus Disease:
The CDC has compiled guidelines for colleges and universities dealing with Ebola Virus Disease. See their advice at: wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/advice-for-colleges-universities-and-students-about-ebola-in-west-africa.
Important facts to remember:
- There are no cases of Ebola in Washington state, there are no suspected cases, and no one is being monitored.
- We remain in close contact with local health officers and the Washington State Department of Health.
- In the highly unlikely event anything were to happen, we are prepared to notify students immediately.
- In the meantime, we urge those who might be concerned to visit the Department of Health website for advice
- Among other things, the state Health Department is reminding people that Ebola doesn't spread as easily as many other infections; it takes direct contact with the blood or other bodily fluids of an infected person. People can't get Ebola through water, food, or air.
- The health and safety of our students remains our top priority and we will continue to watch this issue closely.