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Two rapes reported at Stanford University

In both incidents, victims know the suspects

Two on-campus rapes allegedly took place at Stanford University in the last week and a half, according to a safety alert the university sent out on Sunday night.

The first incident allegedly took place on or around Sept. 30 or Oct. 1, the university's Department of Public Safety said. The second incident allegedly took place on or around the early morning hours of Sunday, Oct. 8. Both reportedly happened in campus residences.

In both incidents, the victims know the suspects, the Department of Public Safety said. The incidents are not thought to be related.

Stanford "encourages anyone who has been sexually assaulted or subject to other forms of sexual misconduct or harassment to report the incident to university officials," the alert states.

Confidential counseling, reporting resources and other information about sexual violence can be found at sexualviolencesupport.stanford.edu.

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10 people like this
Posted by resident
a resident of Stanford
on Oct 9, 2017 at 9:48 am

Are the perp Stanford students or faculty?


60 people like this
Posted by Stanford Alum
a resident of another community
on Oct 9, 2017 at 11:25 am

When I see comments like:

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

my question is "why not just report it directly to the Palo Alto Police Department, as non-university-affiliated persons would?" In other words, what is the university's role (and stake) in this matter, and how does that differ from traditional law enforcement? I'll be upfront and say that my concern is that it gives the university administration a chance to minimize the PR fallout, possibly in ways that interfere with the justice process.


50 people like this
Posted by Stanford Grad
a resident of Los Altos Hills
on Oct 9, 2017 at 11:30 am

Stanford is not in the city limits of Palo Alto, so involvement of PAPD us meaningless. Stanford is policed by Santa Clara County sheriff department. Any and all crimes should be reported to that department.


3 people like this
Posted by Wondering
a resident of Mayfield
on Oct 9, 2017 at 1:27 pm

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20 people like this
Posted by Bad process.
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 9, 2017 at 2:38 pm

Bad process. is a registered user.

Use the existing justice system. Crimes on campus should be IMMEDIATELY reported to the Sheriff to enable the Sheriff to lead the investigation from the beginning of the case. Stanford University has a public relations stake in a matter like this and so should have no role whatsoever once the crime is reported. If the victim needs protection from the accused through a trial, Stanford could be required in some way by the justice system to support that effort on campus.

Stanford has no business investigating or deciding a matter of criminal justice. Leave it to the law. Report it and back off the investigation, Stanford. This is no place for you.


2 people like this
Posted by Cant criticize the rich
a resident of Stanford
on Oct 9, 2017 at 3:17 pm

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Posted by Who?
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Oct 9, 2017 at 5:08 pm

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20 people like this
Posted by Fairness
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Oct 9, 2017 at 5:28 pm

@stanford alum
Title IX actions promulgated by the Obama administration require schools to take action on sexual harassment charges. As you rightly state this should be handled not by school administrators but respective police and judicial systems. Title IX as is has created a mess aliong with lack of constitutional due process for the accused. Thankfully Betsy de Vos is addressing this


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Posted by Cant criticize the rich
a resident of Stanford
on Oct 9, 2017 at 5:55 pm

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Posted by Who?
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Oct 9, 2017 at 6:02 pm

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2 people like this
Posted by macbaldy
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 9, 2017 at 6:08 pm

So quick to assume. Nothing is mentioned to detail the rapes. How is it that so many inept, inapt, and inane presumptions are let fly? Is this a new game of fantasy rape? Nothing was mentioned of gender--nor sobriety--only approximate time and approximate location. This isn't our society's finest hour.


3 people like this
Posted by MP parent
a resident of Menlo Park
on Oct 9, 2017 at 7:23 pm

MP parent is a registered user.

It's not a matter of filing a report with the police vs. the school. First of all, many people do not want to report it to the police. Second of all, the DAs rarely will take a case unless it is airtight (vs. he said, she said). Second of all, it's a requirement: Web Link.

It's a matter of supporting the victims with accommodations and other support (well beyond what the police would do).


2 people like this
Posted by Clunge
a resident of Menlo Park
on Oct 10, 2017 at 2:46 pm

Clunge is a registered user.

I pray the 'victims' are ok. But also worry about the stigma attached to the 'perp' who may or may not have felt they were going against the wills of the other person. [Portion removed.]


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