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University of Arizona assault victim speaks out after recent attacks

Sigma Chi fraternity offers to walk students home
Posted at 10:35 PM, Nov 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-09 00:39:56-05

The victim of a recent assault near the University of Arizona is speaking out and has a warning for other female students. 

Mikenzie Foust has never felt unsafe walking home from campus, until November 3, when she was assaulted on Drachman and Cherry. 

"I was shoved from behind causing me to fall. I was then flipped over and pinned down," Foust said. "I then kneed him immediately in the groin and his hands fell to his groin. And he fell on top of me so I punched him and he rolled off of me and I grabbed my phone and I ran away."

Foust credits her natural instinct to fight back with self defense classes she's taken and recommends all women do the same.

Two days later, another female student was assaulted on 6th and Highland near Mansfeld Middle School. 

In an effort to help students feel safe amid recent attacks, Sigma Chi fraternity is offering to walk students to wherever they need to go on campus if they feel unsafe. 

"We have 106 guys and we're always happy to help out," chapter president, Ryan Gagliano said. "We want to make sure that this campus, whether it's boys girls, Greek life or not, we want to make sure everyone here on campus feels safe."

Gagliano says any UA student can reach out to a Sigma Chi member in person or on social media. 

Foust says she won't be walking alone anymore, and she carries mace and an alarm. 

"Girls, we need to stick together," Foust said. "We need to be smart, we need to be safe. Your lives are at risk. You never know if it could happen to you. It could and it might, so just be smart and be safe."