Community Alert-Sexual Battery 1/19/16

On January 16, 2016 at approximately 10pm, the Stanford Department of Public Safety was notified of a sexual battery that had taken place earlier that evening around 8pm in a women’s restroom located near the Stanford Church. The reporting party, who was not the victim or a witness to the incident, reported that a fifteen year old female was preparing to exit the restroom when a male who was unknown to her approached her and groped her buttocks through her clothing. Two other women entered the facility as this was taking place and the suspect fled. The suspect was described as a white male, early 20’s, 6 feet tall, full beard and was last seen wearing a red and white Stanford hooded sweatshirt, black sweatpants with the word “Stanford” printed on the leg, and white shoes. The victim, who does not want to provide a statement to the police, was not physically injured.

If you have information about this crime, please call the Stanford University of Public Safety at (650) 329-2413.

The information about this incident is being reported to you in accordance with the Clery Act. The remainder of this email provides information about preventing and reporting sexual assault.

? Ignorance of the law or of university policy concerning sexual assault, sexual misconduct and sexual harassment is not a defense.
? Receive affirmative consent from your partner before engaging in sexual activity.
? Perpetrators may attempt to use alcohol to facilitate a sexual assault. Statistically, on Stanford?s campus, the majority of reported sexual assaults occur while one or both parties are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Alcohol or drugs may impair one?s ability to judge whether or not consent has been given, but it is not an excuse for assaulting another person.
? There are a number of drugs that may be added to beverages with the intent of altering the consciousness or incapacitating a person without their knowledge. These drugs are particularly dangerous when combined with alcohol and often produce amnesia, leaving a victim unclear about what occurred afterward.

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, or if you aren’t sure whether you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, there are a number of resources available to you at Stanford to inform you of your options and to support you in whatever path you choose to take in addressing the incident. For more information contact:

Stanford Sexual Assault Support & Resources (Not Alone website)

Stanford Confidential Support Team

Title IX Office

Sexual Assault and Relationship Abuse (SARA) Office

Sexual Harassment Policy Office