Sometimes I feel like he's still holding me down,” a student alleging sexual assault says. “How many more guys are like this that we don't know? And are living next door?”
Sexual assaults at Medway-Sydenham Hall, Western University Guelph, Ontario Sept. 13 2021.
"The survivor and her roommate left an OWeek event to go to the dorm room of two male students. The two women had been drinking that night.
Soon after arriving at the residence, the assault took place.
The survivor sat on one of the dorm beds and said she was stunned when the assailant suddenly forced himself on top of her, pushing his hand into her face.
“I couldn’t move, his hand was covering my face really hard,” said the survivor. “It felt like I was punched in the nose.”
The survivor’s roommate was with her in the dorm room, but said she couldn’t see what was happening to the survivor on the other side of the room, as the assailant’s friend was blocking her.
The survivor said her attacker pushed harder on her mouth every time she moved, then began to push her down onto the bed. She said she told him “no” repeatedly, but was scared of making him mad. His hand over her mouth muffled her pleas.
Once the survivor was pinned down, she said her attacker began restraining her legs. As she rolled around the bed trying to stop him, he tried to restrain her arms.
She said her attacker then pressed his arm into her chest, preventing her from breathing, and started touching her. That’s when she began to yell, “I don't want to.”
When the survivor’s roommate heard her friend from the other side of the room and saw the survivor was restrained, she intervened and freed the survivor.
As the survivor tried to leave, the assailant blocked the door, scolded her, then pushed her out of the room, she said.
The survivor did not report the incident to either police or the university."