Community Crime Alert -- Possible Aggravated Assault/Drugging
Posted: Sunday, November 17th, 2019, 11:06 pm PST
Type of Incident Reported: Possible Aggravated Assault/Drugging (Aggravated assault includes the act of knowingly providing a harmful substance for someone to consume without that person's knowledge or consent.)

Date/Time of Incident: 11/16/19 at approximately 10:00 p.m.

Date Reported to DPS: 11/16/19 at approximately 11:30 p.m.

Location: 520 Lasuen Mall

Suspect Information: None

Additional Details: Immediately after drinking a pumpkin spice latte, which she purchased herself, a woman experienced symptoms which caused her to seek medical attention because she thought she might have been drugged based on the immediacy and severity of her reaction. She does have a nut allergy; however, the symptoms she experienced were unfamiliar to her, which caused her to question whether she might have been drugged. In addition to seeking medical care, she notified DPS. DPS is conducting an investigation.

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: No one other than those perpetrating a crime are responsible, and no one deserves to be victimized. 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. Don’t drink from cups that have been left unattended, and only accept beverages from people who you already know and trust.

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

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

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