SFDA, UCSF, USF, the Cooperative Restaining Order Clinic and the San Francisco Dept. On The Status Of Women work together to help sex assault suvivors mitigate trauma, navigate the criminal justice system, and rebuild their lives
News from the Office of District Attorney George Gascón
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 8, 2017
CONTACT: MAX SZABO (415) 553-9089 | MARISA RODRIGUEZ (415) 553-1323
SFDA, UCSF, USF, THE COOPERATIVE RESTRAINING ORDER CLINIC AND THE SAN FRANCISCO DEPT. ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN WORK TOGETHER TO HELP SEX ASSAULT SURVIVORS MITIGATE TRAUMA, NAVIGATE THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, AND REBUILD THEIR LIVES
Collaborative Effort Helps Fill Prospective Void of DOE Secretary’s Roll Back of Obama Era Title IX Protections
SAN FRANCISCO – Today, the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office (SFDA) held a training at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) in its ongoing effort to combat campus sexual assault throughout the Bay Area. The annual training focused on responding to, preventing, and prosecuting sexual assault on college campuses. UCSF was selected to partner in this training because of its proactive leadership in working to educate its community about sexual assault.
“A lingering question is whether the administration’s signaled departure from the Obama era rules will benefit the accused to the detriment of survivors,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “Few survivors come forward, so I’m very concerned that these rule changes will lead to more assailants remaining at campuses in close proximity to their victims, and that the consequence is a further reduction in reporting. Events like this training help change a culture that shames survivors into silence by raising awareness and establishing both the expertise and support mechanisms that help give victims a voice.”
For over two years, the Victim Services Division of the SFDA’s Office has partnered with numerous colleges and law enforcement agencies to streamline the process for reporting sexual assault. The goal of the District Attorney’s Office is to help survivors of crime mitigate the trauma, navigate the criminal justice system, and rebuild their lives. Accordingly, SFDA has increased services for survivors, and has developed trauma-based trainings to improve campuses’ response to sexual assault cases.
The training, which was kicked off by SFDA George Gascón in conjunction with Dr. Emily Murase of the Department on the Status of Women, taught attendees how to prevent, investigate, prosecute, and mitigate sexual assault cases. The program included a Title IX panel discussion and a San Francisco Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) panel discussion.
"Less than 5% of survivors will report their assault to law enforcement, but 100% will live with effects of the event,” said SFDA Victims Services Chief Dr. Gena Castro Rodriguez. “Students needs resources, options and responsive services to rebuild their lives and continue their dreams."
Today’s training marks the beginning of the SFDA Red Zone Campaign to bring awareness to campus sexual assault. For more information, please visit www.sfgov.org/1in4.