Newark police were searching for three men accused of assaulting a woman Monday morning on the campus of the Ohio State University at Newark.
According to Newark police, a 20-year-old female student said that she was approached by three men at about 11 a.m. at an amphitheater on campus.
The woman told police that the men began to ask her questions about classes and then walked away. Two of them men then approached her from the back and held her arms as the other man groped her.
Police said that the woman then kicked the man who was touching her, and all three men ran away.
"She was able to fight back, struck one of the men in the groin, which caused them to take off running,” said Sgt. Scott Snow.
Police said that they were treating the incident as a sexual assault and were working with campus security to review surveillance video from the area.
Freshman Helena Matson was one of many students on campus who did not even know about the assault until 10TV told her.
“It’s absolutely terrifying,” said Matson. “You hear about stuff like this going on at main campus, but you don't hear about stuff going on down here. It's a small town, stuff like this doesn't happen here."
It was unknown if the men were students, but police said that the woman reported that they did not have backpacks for fit the profile of students.
Freshman Haley Balser would like to see more patrols on campus.
"I feel it's always going to be in the back of my head, and always thinking, if I sit outside, is someone going to come up and bother me,” said Balser.
Matson said she's going to take her own precautions.
“I do my homework over there in between classes, so I don't want to go over there, probably going to start carrying mace or something, cause you can't ever be too safe,” she said.
Police said that they believed the incident was isolated.
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