Tulane student surrenders to police in connection to off-campus rape

According to a report from The Advocate, Tulane senior Matthew Farrell has been jailed for an off-campus rape of a Tulane student and her friend. Farrell, a cadet in Tulane’s Army ROTC program, along with three other suspects, who are U.S. Marines, face charges of first-degree and third-degree rape.

The crime occurred on the 6100 block of South Claiborne Avenue in the house of one of the victims, the Tulane student. She and her friend met Pfc. Antonio Landrum at a bar.

According to the two women, Landrum raped both of them and then called his friends over, Farrell, Lance Cpl. Alexander Davenport and Lance Cpl. Jared Anderson.

The story was picked up by CNN and Reuters.

Mike Strecker, executive director for Tulane public relations, released a statement about the event:

“Tulane University is doing everything it can to assist the New Orleans Police Department in this ongoing investigation. Tulane has offered the survivors of this terrible crime victim support services as they recover. Incidents like this underscore the dangers of sexual assault that are so pervasive throughout our society. Tulane is committed to ensuring the safety of our students both on and off-campus by its continued vigilance and university-wide efforts to end sexual violence.”

Students who are in need of assistance can contact CAPS at 504-314-2277 or Student Resources and Support Services at 504-314-2160. After hours, students can contact The Line at 504-264-6074, which is available 24/7, or the Student Affairs Staff Member on-call at 504-920-9900.

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