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Man exposes himself to student at Stanford University residence hall

Original post made on Apr 19, 2017

A man exposed himself to a student at a Stanford University housing facility on campus late Tuesday night, according to school's Department of Public Safety.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 8:42 AM

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Posted by Michele Dauber
a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 19, 2017 at 3:21 pm

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, these two incidents this weekend show the clear benefits of external footage in helping to solve crimes against women on campus. 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" [portion removed.] 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 insist that Stanford up its game on sexual violence, it won't.


Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 19, 2017 at 3:50 pm

@ Michelle,
Since you know Stanford much better than I
May I ask a question:
When I visited Rice University in Houston some years ago - a lovely private university - I noticed that it had walls all around. I think they look sort of Mediterranean style? Admittedly, it is a smaller campus than Stanford. However, Stanford seems quite "open" considering it's a private campus, technically. Would there be any merit to having some portion of the campus better fenced, gated or walled? At Rice, one drives onto campus through various gates most of which I recall are fully open during the day - and the landscaping and appearance are appealing rather than prohibitive - I just wonder if this increased delineation of private property could provide more security.
One side bordering Rice is the huge Texas medical center complex, one side was a nice residential neighborhood, and another side was not memorable.
As a Palo Alto resident, I could see Stanford having better control over access to the campus. I do not support drifters sleeping under the trees.


Posted by parent
a resident of Stanford
on Apr 19, 2017 at 4:47 pm

The vast majority of assaults on the Stanford Campus are student vs student. Walls give you a false sense of security.


Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 19, 2017 at 5:48 pm

Well, some universities have them - if only to define their property, which seems reasonable to me.
It's possible more delineation of private property could contribute to a more secure atmosphere on the Stanford campus. I did not claim it would solve every criminal problem, but it may reduce them, in my opinion. I support measures that help to safeguard college students.
Finally, nobody made an issue or pointed out about the walls and road openings with gates at Rice (when I visited among thousands) - it appeared customary and usual, not defensive, but rather entirely reasonable.


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