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Stanford student finds suspicious pair outside dorm

Original post made on May 9, 2017

Stanford University deputies are looking into a suspicious incident involving two males, one of whom was possibly holding a chain, standing outside a dorm on Sunday night, according to the school's Department of Public Safety.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, May 8, 2017, 8:59 AM

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Posted by Michele Dauber
a resident of Barron Park
on May 9, 2017 at 8:02 am

Stanford should install video security cameras in outdoor areas on campus. This should have occurred after the Turner assault. After that assault, it was clear that law enforcement would have benefitted from video footage of the external areas around fraternities and other high-risk locations where all-campus parties are held. In addition, multiple incidents over the course of the past weeks show the clear benefits of external footage in helping to solve crimes against women on campus.

We have had multiple sex crimes, including one in which an individual followed a student into her dorm and then exposed himself to her. We have had multiple sexual batteries. Female students are afraid to walk on campus at night without friends. Now we have this nonsense. Whatever is behind this recent rash of crimes on campus, there is literally no excuse for the failure of Stanford administration to increase security. Women on campus have the right to expect Stanford to provide for their security which at minimum includes providing passive video that can help identify and apprehend these individuals.

Your daughters should be as safe on our campus as they are in a 7-11 or at any bank ATM. Yet in both of those locations there are video cameras.

The University Chief of Police has stated that she supports installing external cameras around certain locations on campus to help solve crimes. The installation of cameras would assist in solving sex crimes and likely would also deter sexual violence on campus.

Last week there were two sexual batteries. This week a dangerous perverted flasher followed a female student in to a dorm and exposed his genitals to her. We already had a sexual assault literally in public.

What exactly would it take to be bad enough for Marc Lavigne and the Board of Trustees to decide they would actually like to catch some of these sex criminals? A murder?

Saying you care and taking action to show you mean it are very different.

After the Turner assault I first learned that there were no surveillance cameras around Kappa Alpha. As a result, Mr. Turner was allowed to testify to the jury that the assault was "consensual." As Emily Doe wrote, she learned that because she mercifully had no memory of the attack, Turner was allowed to fill in the blanks. Fortunately, the jury did not believe him.

That attack occurred on a basketball court, approximately 25 feet from the backdoor of Kappa Alpha fraternity during a party.

How much easier it would have been for her had Stanford had cameras installed on the back yard area and basketball court and how much easier would it be for victims who have been attacked since if similar external cameras were installed. Yet to my knowledge Stanford has thus far failed to do it in spite of it being one of the most obvious and necessary responses to the Turner case.

Nearly half of women students at Stanford experience sexual assault or serious sexual violence during their 4 years on campus. Video cameras would help to prevent and resolve at least some of those crimes. There is no valid excuse for failing to do this and do it quickly. It is a common-sense and routine measure that will help to deter crimes and to solve them when they occur.

This refusal to install cameras seems inexplicable. Don't you want to help solve crimes against women, Stanford? Unless and until the board of trustees, including women like Google CFO Ruth Porat and Palo Alto resident Lauren Jobs insist that Stanford up its game on sexual violence, it won't.

Here's the (short) list of the female Trustees. Some of them live here in the Palo Alto area and are your neighbors. Ask them why they are content to have a university that is not doing all it can to protect women students on campus:

Mary T. Barra, Chief Executive Officer, General Motors, Detroit, MI
RoAnn Costin, President, Wilderness Point Investments, Cambridge, MA
Angela S. Filo, Co-Founder, Yellow Chair Foundation, Palo Alto, CA
Gail B. Harris, Retired Partner, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, New York, NY
Christine U. Hazy, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Sketch Foundation, Los Angeles, CA
Tonia G. Karr, San Francisco, CA
Christy O. MacLear, Vice Chairman, Sothebys Art Advisory, New York, NY
Susan R. McCaw, President, COM Investments, Santa Barbara, CA
Ruth M. Porat, Chief Financial Officer, Alphabet Inc. and Google Inc., Mountain View, CA
Laurene Powell Jobs, Founder/Chair, Emerson Collective, Palo Alto, CA
Mindy B. Rogers, Atherton, CA
Victoria B. Rogers, President, Rose Hills Foundation, Pasadena, CA
Srinija Srinivasan, Palo Alto, CA

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