Dear Student, Faculty & Staff,
NOTE: Under the Jeanne Clery Act of 1998, any college or university participating in federal financial aid programs is required to send out timely warnings to inform the campus community of a crime or potential crime that constitutes a serious or continuing threat to students, staff and faculty at SF State. Starting this academic year, all timely warnings will be distributed via email to maximize access to info that may assist individuals with taking affirmative actions to preserve their safety and welfare.
SEXUAL BATTERY 10-01-2015
Note: This message is being provided so that members of the SF State community can make informed decisions regarding their personal safety and/or assist in apprehending an at-large suspect. As such, it may contain information of a graphic nature that could trigger emotional responses, in particular for victims/survivors of sexual assault/sexual violence. If you are a student and need emotional support, please contact Counseling & Psychological Services by calling (415) 338-2208 or visiting Student Services Building 208 on Monday-Thursday from 8:00am - 7:00pm and Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm. Crisis support services can be reached by all SF State community members by calling the San Francisco Trauma Recovery/Rape Treatment Center at (415) 437-3000.
On Thursday, October 1, 2015, a female victim contacted the University Police Department to report a sexual battery incident that had occurred on campus.
The victim reported that on Wednesday, September 30, 2015, at 7:00pm she was walking on the campus pathway between Burk Hall and the Gymnasium when she was approached by an unknown male suspect who started a conversation with the victim.
The victim walked into the lobby of Burk Hall and the suspect followed continuing to talk to her. The suspect grabbed the victim above her hips, lifted her up, and pressed his face against her stomach and breasts while he lowered her to the ground. The suspect then sat the victim on a bench in the lobby, held onto her hand, and kissed her on her face several times. The victim pulled away from the suspect and walked to the Muni platform. The suspect followed behind the victim until she was able to board a bus and leave campus. The victim did not sustain injuries as a result of this incident.
The male suspect is described as approximately 20-23 years old, 6 feet tall, slender build, light complexioned, brown eyes, with brown hair. The suspect was wearing a dark green “hoodie” style sweat shirt.
If anyone saw or heard any part of this incident or may have further suspect information please come forward and contact: San Francisco State University Police Department at (415) 338-2222 or anonymous tip line at (415) 338-3030.
We emphasize that no victim is ever responsible for being assaulted. The only individual with the agency to prevent violence is the potential offender. To prevent sexual assault/violence, please keep these in mind:
- Unless you have affirmative and enthusiastic consent from your partner, do not engage in sexual activity or contact.
- If you partner is incapacitated, asleep, unconscious or otherwise not in a position to give consent freely and without fear for their safety or of retaliation, then you do not have consent.
- The individual initiating sexual activity or contact bears the greater responsibility to solicit consent and ensure that a communication about consent has taken place.
- Failure to say “no” or lack of protest or resistance does not constitute consent.
- If you are under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, your ability to assess whether your partners has given consent is greatly diminished; as such, initiating sexual activity while you are intoxicated or high is discouraged.
- Consent given in the past does not constitute a blanket consent for any or all sexual activity or contact going forward.
Members of the campus community who are concerned about their safety may adopt risk-reduction measures, keeping in mind that these measures may not prevent violence; further, failure to follow these guidelines *does not* mean at all that violence against you is justified or warranted:
- Be aware and mindful of your surroundings at all times; pay attention to people and activities around you.
- Recognize that wearing earphones connected to electronic devices while walking can distract you and make you less able to sense potential danger or threats.
- Choose busy, well-lit streets and avoid isolated areas, alleys, vacant lots, abandoned buildings and construction sites.
- Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable or unsafe in any situation, leave and get to a safe place right away. Keep in mind that college students are most likely to be victimized by an individual known to them!
- Consider using an app to help maintain communications with friends, family, colleagues and others. The Circle of 6 app has been endorsed by The White House as one such tool to help promote safety.
The UPD encourages students, staff and faculty to utilize the CARE (Campus Alliance for a Risk-Free Environment) free escort program as part of a personal safety management plan. Call (415) 338-7200 to arrange for an escort. CARE team members are trained and supervised by the UPD. They are available from 4:30-11:30pm M-F. UPD officers are available when CARE members are not on duty.
Information about SF State’s commitment to a campus free of gender-based violence and our response when incidents of sexual assault/violence are reported can be found on the Title IX webpage. Additional crime prevention and risk-reduction tips can be found on the UPD webpage. Please contact the San Francisco State University Police Department at (415) 338-7200 or visit our website at http://www.sfsu.edu/~upd/ for additional information.