By KATIE DAVIES
PUBLISHED: 11:37 EST, 6 April 2013 | UPDATED: 15:17 EST, 6 April 2013
A Philadelphia student was abducted by four men in a van and gang raped on Easter Sunday as she returned to campus, a university has revealed.
The 20-year-old La Salle University student was returning back to her dorm when the attack happened a mile away.
The men grabbed her as she walked down 10th street around 10pm, NBC reports today.
They threw her into a black van and drove her to an unidentified location where she was sexually assaulted several times.
Police are still seeking the attackers who dumped her at the scene and fled.
They are all said to be aged between 20 and 25 and one is described as having an MM tattoo on his face.
‘University officials met with the student and her family and offered support,’ the university said in a statement.
The school has come under fire for their delay in warning other students about the attack
They sent out a safety notice informing students of what had happened only four days later.
They defended that decision to the broadcaster today.
‘Based on what we know, it was decided a safety alert/advisory was not required, as we believed there was no serious or ongoing threat to our students or employees as a result of the reported incident,’ said Jon Caroulis, La Salle’s Director of Media Relations.
The woman, who has not been named, is having counseling following the attack.
‘This case is still very active,’ said Captain John Darby, who heads up the Special Victims Unit (SVU) of the Philadelphia police department.
‘We here at SVU take these reports very seriously. We have a very good working relationship with the University and we’re in constant communication with them.’
On the university’s main campus a total of 4 sex assaults were reported in 2011, none in 2010 and two in 2009.