PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A reported rape at Duquesne University has resulted in the arrest of a student.

Some are now questioning their safety, while other students say the school is being very proactive.

Souleymane Tigana, 23, is accused of a raping a female student and could face disciplinary action at Duquesne University.

The victim told police she met Tigana at The Rowdy Buck on the South Side at the end of September.

After a night of dancing and drinking, she agreed to meet him for coffee the next night at Starbucks and then walked back to his dorm room on campus.

Alone at Towers Hall in his room, the victim reported to police that she agreed to some sex acts, but repeatedly told Tigana no to intercourse. However, he allegedly forced himself on her.

“I feel like things like that are happening all the time and I feel like it’s rarely reported,” Michelle Harry said.

“I mean I’m not scared for my safety, but I’m nervous for my friends, for them to be aware of what’s going on,” Chris Martin said.

Duquesne students were aware of the reported date rape because the university sent out an e-mail to detail the information of the alleged assault. It also provided awareness tips and contact numbers for victims.

“It’s nice to know what’s going on and be aware of what’s going on on campus,” Kirsti Sauerman said.

Students said there are a lot of resources on campus and they’re comforted to know they have a support system.

Tigana was released on bond without having to post any money. He’s facing charges of rape, sexual assault and indecent assault.


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