Stanford investigates report of rape on campus

University says alleged incident took place early Friday morning

Stanford University is investigating a report of rape that allegedly occurred early Friday morning, Sept. 30, in a student residence on the east side of campus.

A female student reported to a campus security authority (staff and others who work closely with students and are required to report alleged crimes students tell them about) that she was raped early Friday by a male whom she didn't know.

William Larson, public information officer for the Stanford Department of Public Safety, told the Weekly Monday that the alleged rape took place in the male student's dorm room. The two students did not know each other previously, he said.

Because this was reported to campus police by a third party -- the campus security authority -- Larson said they are hoping the female student decides to come forward to provide a statement to police, which she has yet to do.

"We're hoping that she comes forward and provides more information so that we could continue with the investigation and identify who the perpetrator is," he said Monday.

The university has been at the center of the national conversation about sexual assault on campus since former student-athlete Brock Turner was arrested and later convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious and intoxicated woman next to a Dumpster outside a fraternity party on Stanford’s campus last January. Turner was controversially sentenced to six months for the crime and served 90 days before being released on Sept. 2.

Turner's sentence prompted national outrage, an effort to recall Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky and new laws designed to ensure stricter sentencing guidelines. On Friday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that set the mandatory prison sentence at three to eight years for any convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious or intoxicated person.

In response to the Friday incident, Stanford issued an alert notifying the community about the incident and stating that the university "does not tolerate sexual assault, sexual misconduct or sexual harassment."

"The university encourages anyone who has been sexually assaulted or subjected to other forms of sexual misconduct or harassment to report the incident to university officials."

The university also released a list of resources for confidentially reporting such incidents. Reports can be made at, 650-726-6933 or after hours at 650-725-3785. For counseling and psychological services, students can go to or call 650-723-3785.

Additional resources and information is available at


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6 people like this
Posted by Curmudgeon
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 2, 2016 at 1:41 pm

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9 people like this
Posted by Anony
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Oct 2, 2016 at 3:41 pm

Now we have the Brock Turner law. It should be treated with more justice.
Let's see how the new law would show.

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Posted by iSez
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Oct 2, 2016 at 5:00 pm

iSez is a registered user.

"she was raped early Friday by a male whom she didn't know." This could be anyone who raped her—even someone who lives hours away and drove to campus. I hope there were cameras in the area. The campus is so big that there are many nooks and crannies for strangers to hideout and wait. Stanford might need to increase their security personnel.

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Posted by Not Again
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 3, 2016 at 2:33 pm

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Posted by Badly Shaken
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 4, 2016 at 12:46 pm

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According to Stanford and the Daily Post, the rape was reported by a third, unnamed party. She has talked to that third party, but as of yet, not to police.

The Stanford Public Safety Spokesman states that the victim is " processing a traumatic experience", and processing whether to come forward and give a statement so that an investigation can begin.

Yesterday's Daily Post reported that the rape had occurred in the rapist's dorm room, but that he was a stranger to the victim.

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