Stanford graduate student arrested for alleged rape

University faces two reported rapes in first weeks of school year

A Stanford University graduate student was arrested in the early hours of Sept. 24 for the alleged rape of a 28-year-old woman, according to the Stanford Department of Public Safety.

The incident occurred between 3:30 and 4:15 a.m. at Lyman Graduate Residences on Campus Drive, according to campus police. The male graduate student was arrested after campus police were called to his residence, said William Larson, public information officer for the Department of Public Safety. 

The graduate student and woman, who is not a Stanford student, were in a "dating relationship" at the time of the incident, Larson said.

Police interviewed both the graduate student and the woman before arresting the man, Larson said. He was later booked into the San Jose Main Jail.

The man's bail was set at $100,000, according to Larson. He posted bail and was released from jail the next day, on Sept. 25.

Stanford police has forwarded the case to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office for review of charges, Larson said.

Stanford is currently investigating an alleged rape that occurred Sept. 30 on campus in a student residence. A female student reported to a campus security authority that she was raped by a male whom she didn't know. The alleged incident took place in the man’s dorm room, according to Larson.

Larson told the Weekly Monday that they are hoping the female student decides to come forward to provide a statement to police, which she has yet to do.

Stanford spokeswoman Lisa Lapin declined to say whether the university had opened a Title IX investigation into either case, but that said that "it is a standard practice for the university to invite a sexual assault victim to speak to the Title IX office immediately after an incident."

The two cases come at a time of heightened local and national attention around campus sexual violence, particularly in the wake of the controversial sentencing and recent release of former Stanford student-athlete Brock Turner.

The first few weeks of the college school year are also known as the "red zone," a time when female students are thought to be at higher risk of sexual assault or attempted sexual assault.


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Posted by j. seattle
a resident of Barron Park
on Oct 5, 2016 at 10:26 am

Brock Turner is not just a *former Stanford student-athelete.* He is now best known for having been convicted of three sexual-assault felonies perpetrated on an unconscious victim, making him a convicted rapist. That feels like the more relevant description for the purposes of this article. The fact that he is a good swimmer is of secondary importance.

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Posted by 38 year resident
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 5, 2016 at 11:36 am

"Former Stanford Student Athlete" is the PC description for Brock Turner. Have to be sensitive about how we label people in today's world or some would have to curl up and suck their thumbs.

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Posted by Maher
a resident of Mountain View
on Oct 5, 2016 at 12:25 pm

Why are rapes said to be "alleged" which implies a doubt about the truth telling of the victim? Why are rapes not said to be REPORTED which is the less slanted and more accurate way of thinking and writing about this tragic and felonious crime?

Why do boys club slanted playing field perceptions still dominate how rape is treated in all venues? Why is that? Am I to believe the males who say "That's just how we are. We can't help it"?
I used to quarrel with that claim but perhaps I've been wrong. If so, then I guess I must conclude that the human male has not evolved in the past 40K years.*

When will the human male grow some real cajones vav this crime and stand up and see it for the terrible event it is?

* And if that is true then it's time for the human males to stand aside in all venues and put women in charge.

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Posted by Cid Young
a resident of another community
on Oct 5, 2016 at 12:41 pm

Shame comes again to Stanford males.

Looks like the lenient sentencing Brock Turner got has had the effect of "Greenlighting" this sort of behavior.

Perpetrators will be perpetrators and Lawyers will profit!

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Posted by Testudo
a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 5, 2016 at 1:05 pm

@Cid Young, what a gross, ridiculous, and unfair generalization of Stanford males. I dare you to say if all we knew of the, yes, *alleged* perpetrator was that he was Jewish or African-American, never mind where he went to school.

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Posted by furrburger
a resident of Menlo Park
on Oct 5, 2016 at 1:57 pm

furrburger is a registered user.

Interesting how these two cases don't include ATHLETE or the poor sap's names and photos all over the headlines. Why is it when it's an athlete everyone is up in arms and talking about entitlement and boys clubs and all that but when it's just some random student he is anonymous? C'mon PA Online, be fair.

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Posted by Palo Alto Mom
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 5, 2016 at 2:56 pm


Sweeping, negative generalizations against all males and expecting them to stand aside so women can be in charge, is not helpful to a balanced, responsible, and accountable society. I feel scared for my wonderful sons to face people like you who automatically assume they are bad and useless just because they're male, and women are inherently better. Shame on you.

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Posted by Getting tired
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Oct 5, 2016 at 5:07 pm

It would also help if the students STOPPED DRINKING ALCOHOL!

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Posted by Embarrassed Stanford Alumna
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 5, 2016 at 10:49 pm

This article reeks with victim-blaming. Who is the rapist who was arrested? Please show the mug shot and give his full name as if he were an African-American or Muslim-American. And by mug shot, I mean mug shot and not year book photo, and by name I mean name and not what athletic team he is a member of.

Also, you mention the so-called "red zone" as if this is a thing -- as if women really should expect to be raped the first few weeks of college, and geez, if they are raped, it's obviously their fault since they were stepping inside the "red zone." Really?

Finally, what the hell is going on with the Title IX office? Do they understand that rape is a violation of the law, and not just the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (of which Title IX is a part) but also the law known as the CRIMINAL LAW.

I attended Stanford, but at this point I would never send my children to this school. I don't want my daughter to expect to be raped during the "Red Zone." And I don't want my son to be put in a culture where exploitation and assault is tolerated and excused. Fix yourself, Palo Alto Weekly. And fix yourself, Stanford.

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Posted by ShameOnStanford
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Oct 5, 2016 at 11:06 pm

Red zone! Really!! WTF is Stanford doing about it? The women who attend Stanford are no less qualified than the men. How did Stanford let such an environment develop? What are they doing about it? Who at Stanford is in charge of making sure these rapes don't happen any more? Why is this reporter so lame? Why is he so complacently writing about "red zone". Why not interview some Sanford administrators and ask tough questions? It is unacceptable that a school such as Stanford has so many rape cases. That parents send their daughters with so much pride and hope to Stanford and Stanfors can't even create a safe and decent environment.

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Posted by voice of calm
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 6, 2016 at 12:58 am

First, I believe the "red-zone" comment comes from the proactive orientation Stanford is now providing its new students, and that this statistic of the first few weeks being a dangerous time comes from colleges across the nation (not just Stanford, which seems to be stepping up to try to change the culture).

Second, until the women who was assaulted gives police a statement, her rape is alleged and not yet reported.

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Posted by voice of B.S.
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 6, 2016 at 1:10 am

"Voice of Calm" - We never should be calm about rape, and I'm not sorry for telling you that.

First- as to the "Red Zone" -- this Guardian article explains how and why the concept of red zone is victim blaming Web Link ("It encourages this idea that there is a most dangerous time on campus, and if you only follow a list of what not to do in order to not get assaulted, you won’t […] It’s putting the onus on the victim for preventing their own assault.') That is pretty clear.

Second - as to requiring the victim's statement -- California law is 100% clear on the fact that victim statements are NOT REQUIRED for a rape to be prosecuted.

I guess it is easy to be "calm" when one is blissfully ignorant! :)

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Posted by Chip
a resident of Professorville
on Oct 6, 2016 at 10:53 pm

The 28 year old victim was not a student yet she was able to enter the dorm & be in the accused's room between 3:30 -4:15. Is dormitory access unrestricted? At the time of Brock Turner's attack he was 19. His victim was a 24 year old college graduate.
Maybe non-students should not be allowed in dorms or at frat parties?
Rape is a horrible crime & is never justified but I'm not sure why adult women choose to drink at fraternity parties & visit college dorms in early morning hours.

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Posted by Truth Be Told
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 7, 2016 at 9:44 am

Truth Be Told is a registered user.

How is it that the police have a suspect and that he is being held in custody if the victim supposedly is too traumatized to give a statement to police?

Did the victim give a statement through her confidante? Or was she able to overcome her fears and do this herself?

I am asking because there have been no reports of the victim having spoken to police.

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Posted by A BIG Question
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 7, 2016 at 10:52 am

A BIG Question is a registered user.

The victim originally claimed to be a Stanford student-- that is what she told Stanford authorities. They would have been in a position to check, right??

I thought it odd at first, that she was 28-- but she could be a med student or a grad student, like the accused perpetrator.

However, if he was a stranger to her, how did she get into his dorm room, and why???

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Oct 7, 2016 at 1:20 pm

This story is confusing because it's highlighting two different sexual assaults on campus.

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