On April 26, 2017, at 5:25 PM, Stanford deputies were dispatched to a call of a sexual battery on the second floor of the Mitchell Earth Sciences building. A female staff member reported that a man came up behind her while she was at a water fountain and grabbed her buttocks.
Deputies identified and contacted the suspect, a 24-year-old Caucasian male who has no university affiliation, last seen wearing a red Stanford sweatshirt and black jeans. The victim declined to press charges in this misdemeanor crime not committed in the presence of police, so the police escorted the suspect off campus. This person does not match the description of the suspect who groped two women on April 7, 2017.
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, 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.
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 Confidential Support Team
650-726-6933 or 650-725-9955 (after hours)
YWCA Silicon Valley Rape Crisis Hotline
CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services)
Faculty Staff Help Center
NON-CONFIDENTIAL RESOURCES AND REPORTING:
Title IX Office
Sexual Assault and Relationship Abuse (SARA) Office
Sexual Harassment Policy Office
Stanford Sexual Assault Support & Resources (Not Alone website)