Volume 91, Issue 22

Friday, October 3, 1997

Sock it to the loo


An indecent proposal

By Sandra Dimitrakopoulos
Gazette Staff

A sexual and indecent act perpetrated towards a university student this past Wednesday afternoon may force some to think about safety on Homecoming weekend.

Tony McGowan, rank inspector for London City Police, said the incident, which occurred on Windermere Rd., involved a woman from the university being followed by a male in a white Honda.

When the man stopped to ask for directions the woman noticed he had his penis out of his pants and was masturbating, McGowan said. The suspect was charged the same day with indecent act by summons.

"Things worked out well in this case because the girl got the license plate number and got away safely," he said, adding this will hopefully show there is a penalty for such actions to those entertaining such thoughts.

Wendy McGowan, constable for community and support services at Western, said although the number of indecent acts has decreased over the past five years, students still need to practice good safety.

"Just because something isn't reported does not mean it's safe," she said, adding the collaborative effort from the university body, foot patrol and community has started the year off positively.

Although even one occurrence of an indecent act is one too many, Const. McGowan said campus police and city police are very concerned with keeping Richmond St. safe, especially this Homecoming weekend.

"We and the London police will be out enforcing the law," she said, adding students should be aware of their zero tolerance policy.

Heather Armstrong, the University Students' Council Homecoming commissioner, said they have tried to keep events and drinking on campus so it can be regulated with greater ease.

"We will do our best to alleviate any problems but people must also be responsible for their actions," she said. Campus and city police have also been notified to help keep Homecoming a positive experience, she added.

David Crombie, program coordinator of Westerns' foot patrol, said they will not be altering their practices for Homecoming weekend because he does not believe there is a drastic change.

"We only have so many volunteers," Crombie said, adding Homecoming has become much tamer and appropriate in the years since he was a student.

There has been a 40 per cent decrease in crime since 1989 which Crombie attributes largely to the emergence of campus patrolling by Western foot patrol.

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