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Two USF students report date rape

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TAMPA, Florida -- "If you know the person, say who it is. If you don't, then yeah, give a description. "

USF student Rosalyn Elliott is angered that two female students came forward saying they were sexually assaulted by men they knew. The first happened back on August 23but wasn't reported until this weekend. The second happened early Sunday morning, and police say there's a reason victims delay reporting rape.

"In cases like these, it's not uncommon for victims to feel a little bit of discomfort with the reporting process," said USF Police Lt. Chris Daniels.

Police didn't divulge too much information because they don't want to hinder the case, but say both victims knew their attacker. It's essentially date rape, so cops say always play it safe.

"The university is no different than your home. Don't bring people into your room that you're not familiar with. If you wouldn't bring them into your home, then why bring them into the residence halls?" said Lt. Daniels.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 73 percent of sexual assaults are committed by a non-stranger, and 38 percent of rapists are a friend or acquaintance of the victim. The best advice still comes from your peers.

"Don't trust people so easily. These days, trust is huge," said Elliott.

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