She said she went inside after the assault and contacted Oswald, who was in a class, via Facebook. She said he then called the police.
When the paramedics and one policeman showed up, Caudle said, they searched Oswald’s room, suspecting him at first of the assault. Caudle said while they confirmed his alibi, they checked her injuries and asked questions.
Police then sent out a campus-wide notification via Alert Carolina at about 5:30 p.m.
But on Tuesday morning, Caudle said, police called her and Oswald into the station, questioned them individually, and asked her to take a lie detector test, which she refused.
Campus police spokesman Randy Young could not be reached for comment after multiple attempts last week.
“They separated me and my boyfriend and interrogated me about the assault,” Caudle said. “They asked him, was I capable of doing this for attention. They actually told me, ‘People don’t assault people for no reason.’”
She said she does not want to be swept under the rug and not taken seriously.
“I did not do this — I didn’t bang my face into a pole,” adding that she is worried the police will press charges for filing a false police report.
Caudle said she also believes her story should be taken more seriously, as the remark the suspect made was of a homophobic nature. Caudle said she has very short brown hair.
“He called her a dyke, slammed her down — it just sounds like a hate crime,” Oswald said.
Oswald said he and Caudle have talked to Student Affairs, and departments have reached out to them in support. He said the campus in general has been supportive.
But he said he doesn’t want to talk to the police again without legal representation because he’s unsure if police will try to charge Caudle.
“We didn’t want to cause trouble. When someone commits a crime, you usually report it,” Oswald said. “Now the police are trying to make it seem like we did the wrong thing.”
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