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Rape reported at Stanford University

Woman to police: 'force was used' in on-campus incident

A woman reported that she was forcibly raped at Stanford University this past weekend, the Department of Public Safety said in a crime alert released early Tuesday morning.

The alleged rape is believed to have taken place in an "undisclosed location" on the main campus between Sunday evening, Aug. 19, and Monday morning, Aug. 20.

The woman reported the incident on Monday. Bill Larson, the public information officer for the Department of Public Safety, could not confirm whether the woman is a Stanford student.

He later said that Stanford Hospital notified the Department of Public Safety of the reported assault, as required by law. The woman has chosen to remain anonymous and has not provided a statement, he said.

"At this time, I have no information on the victim," he wrote in an email to the Weekly.

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Under the federal Jeanne Clery Act, the university is required to issue a "timely warning" about crimes that pose a serious or ongoing threat to the campus community.

The Department of Public Safety urges anyone with information about the alleged crime to call 650-329-2413.

Stanford is still on summer break; the fall quarter starts for undergraduates on Sept. 24.

Resources for members of the Stanford community who have been sexually assaulted, know someone who has been sexually assaulted or have questions about sexual violence are available at sexualviolencesupport.stanford.edu.

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Rape reported at Stanford University

Woman to police: 'force was used' in on-campus incident

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Tue, Aug 21, 2018, 8:22 am
Updated: Thu, Aug 23, 2018, 1:21 pm

A woman reported that she was forcibly raped at Stanford University this past weekend, the Department of Public Safety said in a crime alert released early Tuesday morning.

The alleged rape is believed to have taken place in an "undisclosed location" on the main campus between Sunday evening, Aug. 19, and Monday morning, Aug. 20.

The woman reported the incident on Monday. Bill Larson, the public information officer for the Department of Public Safety, could not confirm whether the woman is a Stanford student.

He later said that Stanford Hospital notified the Department of Public Safety of the reported assault, as required by law. The woman has chosen to remain anonymous and has not provided a statement, he said.

"At this time, I have no information on the victim," he wrote in an email to the Weekly.

Under the federal Jeanne Clery Act, the university is required to issue a "timely warning" about crimes that pose a serious or ongoing threat to the campus community.

The Department of Public Safety urges anyone with information about the alleged crime to call 650-329-2413.

Stanford is still on summer break; the fall quarter starts for undergraduates on Sept. 24.

Resources for members of the Stanford community who have been sexually assaulted, know someone who has been sexually assaulted or have questions about sexual violence are available at sexualviolencesupport.stanford.edu.

Comments

ChrisC
College Terrace
on Aug 21, 2018 at 10:38 am
ChrisC, College Terrace
on Aug 21, 2018 at 10:38 am

By reporting the rape as “alleged” you are implying the victim might be lying. Is that Tge position the Weekly wants to take? I have suggested before that the Palo Alto Weekly have a workshop for their writers on the proper use of “alleged” and “allegedly” in reporting, but I see it hasn’t happened.


Eric
another community
on Aug 21, 2018 at 10:50 am
Eric, another community
on Aug 21, 2018 at 10:50 am

Yeah, because no one has ever lied about about being raped before. Ever. Allegedly.


Stew Pid
Community Center
on Aug 21, 2018 at 11:45 am
Stew Pid, Community Center
on Aug 21, 2018 at 11:45 am

It's alleged until proven.


Anon
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 21, 2018 at 11:47 am
Anon, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 21, 2018 at 11:47 am

Posted by ChrisC, a resident of College Terrace, 1 hour ago

>> By reporting the rape as “alleged” you are implying the victim might be lying. Is that Tge position the Weekly wants to take? I have suggested before that the Palo Alto Weekly have a workshop for their writers on the proper use of “alleged” and “allegedly” in reporting, but I see it hasn’t happened.

The use of "alleged" in this regard has been standard since whenever. There are laws regarding libel, there are concerns about trying cases, when they occur, in the press rather than in a court of law. Below is an online resource regarding the use of the word. The Weekly statement clearly has been phrased to follow accepted guidelines:


Q: "Am I protected if I use the word "alleged" in crime stories?"

A: "Only if you attribute the statement to an official source that you are privileged to report. If you opt to use the verb "allege" in a crime story, the subject of the sentence should be "police," "the law suit," "an indictment" or some other official source, which is then fairly and accurately reported. Keep in mind that reliance on an official documentary source over informal disclosures by officials is always best."

Web Link




Bobbie
Menlo Park
on Aug 21, 2018 at 11:52 am
Bobbie, Menlo Park
on Aug 21, 2018 at 11:52 am

@Eric
Only 2-8% of reports are potentially false — the same rate as other felonies. Stop perpetuating the myth to shame and discredit women. Would you have made the same comment about someone “falsely” reporting a burglary?
Web Link


zap
another community
on Aug 21, 2018 at 12:47 pm
zap, another community
on Aug 21, 2018 at 12:47 pm

The 6th and 14th Amendments outweigh "writers' workshops"

"Just so you know"


Sloppy
Stanford
on Aug 21, 2018 at 1:25 pm
Sloppy, Stanford
on Aug 21, 2018 at 1:25 pm

All reports of rape are potentially false. Some are false. Most rapes aren’t reported. Crimes are alleged until proven. Stridency of claims don’t change that.


Midtown resident
Midtown
on Aug 21, 2018 at 1:40 pm
Midtown resident, Midtown
on Aug 21, 2018 at 1:40 pm

This is quintessential Palo Alto: Never mind the rape, lets argue about using the right word.


Zhao
Midtown
on Aug 21, 2018 at 1:41 pm
Zhao, Midtown
on Aug 21, 2018 at 1:41 pm
To Midtown
Registered user
Community Center
on Aug 21, 2018 at 2:12 pm
To Midtown, Community Center
Registered user
on Aug 21, 2018 at 2:12 pm

@Midtown, funny. I mean Your comment not the story, or the alleged incident.




ChrisC
Registered user
College Terrace
on Aug 21, 2018 at 7:06 pm
ChrisC, College Terrace
Registered user
on Aug 21, 2018 at 7:06 pm

Alleged was adopted by journalists, press, etc. describing a suspect who is, indeed, innocent until proven guilty; sort of funny that people think a crime doesn’t happen until it’s proven. Sort of like “ if a tree falls in the forest....” ha ha


Sea Reddy
Registered user
College Terrace
on Aug 22, 2018 at 2:00 pm
Sea Reddy, College Terrace
Registered user
on Aug 22, 2018 at 2:00 pm

So sorry it happened.
Can’t be.


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