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SFSU Public Affairs Press Release

Published by the Public Affairs Office at San Francisco State University, Diag Center.

#035--November 16, 1998; For Immediate Release
Contact: Ligeia Polidora
(415) 338-1665

Series of assaults on SFSU campus and surrounding areas; President Robert Corrigan to offer $10,000 reward

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--November 16, 1998--Since December 1997, there have been seven attacks on women in the southwest corner of San Francisco, four in Park Merced and three on San Francisco State University’s campus. The most recent attack took place on Monday, November 9, 1998 at 7:55 p.m. in SFSU’s Burk Hall. The victims have all described the suspects as Asian or Filipino ethnically mixed males in their early 20’s. SFSU’s Department of Public Safety is considering that the same person may have committed all seven attacks.

To help with the effort, President Robert A. Corrigan is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator(s) in the recent attacks.

Chief Kim Wible of SFSU, and Captain Sylvia Harper of the San Francisco Police Department are leading a newly formed task force to aggressively investigate these crimes. The Department of Justice and the FBI are also participating on the task force.

The three incidents that took place on San Francisco State’s campus occurred in 1998 on March 19 at 8 p.m. June 6, at 10:00 p.m., and the most recent on November 9 at 7:55 p.m. The incidents in Park Merced took place on December 8, 1997 at 7:05 p.m., and in 1998 on January 10 at 11:35 p.m., July 8 at 1:10 p.m., October 7 at 4:00 p.m.

To help educate the campus community and improve safety precautions, the San Francisco State Department of Public Safety will kick-off it’s new "Double Up for Safety" program today. The program advocates moving about campus in pairs at night, to restrooms, to cars and to and from campus. Public Safety offers several programs to the campus community throughout the year to help make the campus a safe place to learn and work. The Campus Alliance for a Risk Free Environment (CARE) is an escort system th at operates with trained student employees. Rape Aggression Defense classes are free and available by calling Public Safety.

The University has many support services for victims of a sexual assault. SFSU's Sexual Assault Response Team, which is comprised of representatives from Counseling and Psychological Services, Student Health Services, housing a S.A.F.E. Place, the faculty, the Dean of Students Office, and Public Safety, offers students strong education, prevention and support programs. Each member of the team has also received special off-campus sexual assault response training.

The University Police Department has a Sexual Assault Investigative Team, which responds to all reports of sexual assault.

The university conducts rape awareness programs throughout the year in residence halls and other campus areas.

The S.A.F.E. (Sexual Abuse Free Environment) Place is a resource for information, crisis counseling, referral for sexual assault, and sexual harassment. The S.A.F.E. Place also offers prevention presentations and self-defense training.

Counseling and Psychological Services provides confidential consultations to all students upon request. In 1994, a group of concerned men, including faculty, staff, administrators and students joined together to form Men of Student Affairs (MOSA). The group shares a common concern for the safety of the campus and reaches out to educate men on campus about issues surrounding violence.


NOTE TO EDITORS: Composite drawings of the attackers are attached

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