Community Crime Alert
Posted: Monday, October 1st, 2018, 5:06 pm PDT
Note: This information is being shared with the community in the interest of safety. This report contains information that some may find upsetting. If you or someone you know has been impacted by sexual or domestic violence, Stanford offers a variety of resources, which can be found at https://sexualviolencesupport.stanford.edu/

This timely warning message is being sent to you in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act.

Type of Incident Reported: Possible aggravated assault/drugging (aggravated assault includes the act of knowingly providing a substance that could cause harm to the consumer without the consumer's consent or knowledge of what is being consumed)

Date/Time of Incident: September 29, 2018 / Late in Evening

Date Reported to DPS: September 30, 2018 / 10:30pm

Location: Mayfield Avenue (aka The Row)

Suspect Information: Male, unknown affiliation to Stanford University

Additional Details: It was reported to a Campus Security Authority that a female student, the victim/Impacted Party, was offered a drink of water by an unknown male while attending an event on The Row (the specific location is not known to the Stanford Department of Public Safety). After consuming a small amount of the liquid, the woman thought the liquid tasted odd. Friends told the woman, who had limited recollection of the evening, that when she and the male (who had provided her the liquid) were dancing, he “groped” her. At this time, it is unknown whether an additional crime (such as sexual battery) took place. The victim/Impacted Party was escorted safely home by her friends.

If you have information about this crime, please call the Stanford University Department of Public Safety at (650) 329-2413, 24 hours 7 days a week.

Updates, when available, will be posted at https://police.stanford.edu/alert.

Safety Recommendations: Stanford University does not tolerate sexual assault, sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. The university encourages anyone who has been sexually assaulted or subject to other forms of sexual misconduct or harassment to report the incident to university officials.

Stanford endeavors to promote a culture of community accountability in which individuals are actively engaged in the prevention of violence, realizing that we are all responsible for each other in addition to ourselves. In the prevention of sexual and relationship violence, Upstanders play a critical role. They are often the largest group of people involved - outnumbering both the perpetrators and the victims. Upstanders can have a range of involvement in assaults. A person or persons may be aware that a specific assault is happening or will happen, they may see an assault or potential assault in progress, or they may have knowledge that an assault has already occurred. Regardless of how close to the incident they are, Upstanders have the power stop assaults and to get help for people who have been victimized. For more information about Upstanding, see: https://sara.stanford.edu/prevention-and-education/bystander-intervention

- 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, 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 never an excuse for choosing to violate 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. These drugs can facilitate criminal activity; most often acts of sexual misconduct or sexual assault.

Support Resources for Community Members: 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. The university's website containing resource information is: https://sexualviolencesupport.stanford.edu/