Safety escort giving comfort to ASU students during scary week

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

TEMPE, Ariz. -- It was a scary week at Arizona State University after a woman reported a sexual assault on campus Tuesday and Friday a man was arrested for trespassing after police said he sneaked into two dorms including one that was only women.

The university offers a safety escort for students every day between 7 p.m. and 1:30 a.m.

Jordan Davis is just one of the ASU students who said he uses the service frequently because he'd rather be safe than sorry.

He often takes the safety escort service from the parking lot to the library.

"I think it's a great service," he said. "I feel safe when it's nighttime and it's dark out, and I'm walking to the library back to my car."

Safety escorts can take students between campus buildings, residence halls and parking facilities.

"I also just really enjoy the ease of it and the ability to get around campus," Davis said.

It’s a useful service especially for those concerned about the recent sexual assault on campus.

"That's really scary and it concerns me a lot," Davis said.

On Tuesday, a female student reported a sexual assault by a stranger at a student housing complex near Apache Boulevard and Rural Road.

"I'm concerned by any type of sexual assault," Davis said.

Brian Salerno, vice president of services for the undergraduate student government, said he hasn't seen a hike in calls for the safety escort services yet, but he expects to.

"We do expect even a higher amount of students to be taking the service for this school year," he said. "Not only because of that sexual assault case, but just because we are going to continue to promote the service and basically make sure that every student here is aware of the service."

On average, Salerno said 125 people use the service every weeknight and about 175 on weekend nights.

The safety escort phone number is 480-965-1515.

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