Stanford University has issued an alert about a rape that reportedly took place early Wednesday on campus.
The Stanford University Department of Public Safety was notified about a rape that occurred at a student residence on the west side of campus. The incident occurred around 1:30 a.m.
The victim and the suspect are acquaintances, according to police.
The female victim described the suspect as light skinned, 6 feet 3 inches tall, 180 pounds, approximately 53 years old, with brown hair, brown eyes.
The incident is being investigated by police and the university, but no word yet on an arrest.
If you have information about this crime, please call the Stanford University Department of Public Safety at (650) 329-2413.
Stanford University issued the following guidelines on how to report a sexual assult or rape:
• 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 - https://notalone.stanford.edu/
Sexual Assault Resources Handout
Stanford Actions on Sexual Assault