SFDA Office Kicks Off Public Education Campaign to End Campus Sex Assault with Training at UC Hastings
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August 4, 2016
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SFDA OFFICE KICKS OFF PUBLIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN TO END CAMPUS SEX ASSAULT WITH TRAINING AT UC HASTINGS
SAN FRANCISCO – Today, in a continued effort to combat sexual assault on college campuses throughout San Francisco, the Victim Services Division of the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office held a training on campus sexual assault. The training kicks off our annual public education campaign which focuses on raising awareness around what is known as the Red Zone. The Red Zone is the first six weeks of school when freshmen and sophomores are most at risk of being assaulted.
“The rate of victimization on college campuses is staggering,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “What’s worse, as long as survivors find the process of getting help confusing, or feel pressure to hide their trauma, colleges and law enforcement remain limited in their ability to help students recover and pursue predators that are often repeat offenders. Our schools need to be a safe environment that enable students to thrive, and through these partnerships we can reduce the frequency of these awful crimes.”
Today’s attendees included health and mental health providers, Title IX coordinators, peer advocates, law enforcement and other campus officials. The all-day workshop informed attendees how to prevent, investigate, prosecute, and mitigate sexual assault incidents, with sessions on victim reporting options, sexual assault trauma, technology safety, and other topics. The program included a panel discussion with the San Francisco Sexual Assault Response Team, a presentation by the San Francisco Police Department’s Special Victims Unit, and remarks from San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón.
For nearly a year, the Victim Services Division of the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office has partnered with numerous colleges and law enforcement agencies to streamline the process for reporting sexual assault. The goal of the Victim Services Division is to help survivors of crime mitigate trauma, navigate the criminal justice system, and rebuild their lives. Accordingly, the division has increased services for survivors, and has developed trauma-based trainings to improve campuses’ response to sexual assault cases.
"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 Gena Castro Rodriguez. “Students needs resources, options and responsive services to rebuild their lives and continue their dreams."
The work of the Victim Services Division is part of a city-wide effort. Last year, the District Attorney’s Office and seven San Francisco universities signed memorandums of understanding to collaborate in addressing campus sexual assault. These schools, in conjunction with our other partners, continue to assist in raising awareness through an ongoing social media campaign utilizing #1in4 and #NoConsentNoExcuse.
For more information, please visit www.sfgov.org/1in4.