News 12 at 11 o'clock / Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013
Alexander Riddle (WRDW-TV)
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- It's all about safety and about peace of mind for Duarie Pearsall.
"They really have done a great job of making us all feel safer," she said to News 12.
News 12's Patrick Price asked Pearsall, "Do you feel safe on this campus?"
She responded, "I feel pretty safe now because of how much more security we have."
But it's taken her a while to say those exact words.
"In March, that was an intruder, somebody who was not a student here, who we didn't know," she explained to us.
But this time it's someone the campus knows very well: a student.
Alexander Riddle found himself in trouble after his fellow classmate accused him of sexually assaulting her.
"These are students here who know the rules, who know what the policy is," she said.
That campus policy states that students of the opposite sex are not allowed in each other's dorms.
"A lot of people get caught and then there are those that don't," said Pearsall.
That night officers say the accuser invited Riddle to her room in the Paine Villas, where she says he touched her inappropriately.
"The truth of the matter is, had policy been followed, it wouldn't have happened," she told News 12.
Although it could have been avoided, Pearsall says it still isn't right.
But she says Paine's stepping up their patrols and trying to keep the campus much safer so incidents like these will become a thing of the past.
"Paine has done a really good job as far as beefing up security," Pearsall said.