Campus Sexual Assault Program
The Office launched our Campus Sexual Assault Program in 2015 to address the high rates of sexual assault, general knowledge shown in stats, underreporting of such acts, and the lack of training and established procedures for addressing such crimes on college campuses.
Removes Barriers to Reporting
The Program facilitates cooperation and collaboration between campus administrators, campus law enforcement, SFPD, and the SFDA’s Office through memorandums of understandings (“MOUs”) intended to improve reporting and investigation of sexual assaults on college campuses.
Now, under the Program, when a victim reports an act of sexual abuse to a party to an MOU (e.g., campus law enforcement), that party should inform the victim of the other participants to the MOU.
7 Schools have Signed the MOU
- University of San Francisco (USF)
- University of California San Francisco (UCSF)
- UC Hastings School of Law
- San Francisco Conservatory of Music
- City College San Francisco
- Academy of Art
- Golden Gate University
Increased Reporting is Essential
From a law enforcement perspective, increased reporting is essential. Data show that campus sexual assaults are underreported to local law enforcement when a victim first reports through an internal, on-campus channel. Because the trauma that victims experience in the aftermath of an attack can be deeply isolating, our office believes that victims should receive comprehensive information about the numerous services and legal options available to them.
More Services are Available
The MOUs instruct all participating schools to provide victims with contact information for our Victim Services Division (“VSD”). Advocates from our VSD will help victims better understand the expanded range of services now available to them under Senate Bill 519, which our office sponsored.
SB 519 makes it more streamlined to receive counseling and financial support from the Victims Compensation and Government Claims Board (VCGCB):
- Victims now have access to mental health counseling regardless of their probation status
- Witnesses, who are minors and victims of crime, can receive compensation whether they assist law enforcement or not
- A victim no longer has to submit documents from the IRS, FTB, BOE, Social Security Administration, or EDD in order to be eligible for compensation
- Adult witnesses to a crime now have access to Victim of Crime counseling
- Any appeals concerning reimbursement applications must now be processed within 90 days
- Letters from the VCGCB to victims who apply for compensation must be translated into English, Spanish, and Chinese