San Francisco District Attorney's Office and the University of San Francisco Held a Campus Sexual Assault Training at USF School of Law

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September 30, 2016

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SAN FRANCISCO – Today, the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office and the University of San Francisco (USF) held a training at the University of San Francisco School of Law, Kendrick Hall, Rm. 104, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94117. In light of heightened efforts to combat campus sexual assault throughout the Bay Area, today's training for students and faculty focused on responding to, preventing, and prosecuting sexual assault on college campuses. USF was selected to partner in this training because of its proactive leadership in working to educate its community about sexual assault. 

“Sexual assault is an attack on all of us,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “We must change the culture around sexual assault that shames victims into silence and create a safer space for students, faculty, and victims to openly talk about the crimes committed against them.”

Today’s workshop informed attendees on how to prevent, investigate, prosecute, and mitigate sexual assault cases. The program included a panel discussion with: Title IX Coordinator Leighia Fleming from USF, USF Senior Security Officer Dan Lawson, the San Francisco Sexual Assault Response Team, Chief of the Victim Services Division of the SFDA's Office Gena Castro Rodriguez, the San Francisco Police Department’s Special Victims Unit, prosecutor from the Child Assault and Sexual Assault Division of the SFDA’s Office O’Bryan Kenney, Vice Provost Mary Wardell Ghirarduzzi, Dean Trasvina of the University of San Francisco School of Law, and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón.

For nearly a year, 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. So long as survivors feel pressured to hide their trauma or confused by the process to get help, college campuses and law enforcement agencies will remain limited in their ability to help our students.

Today’s training was part of a city-wide effort that marked the close of the SFDA’s Red Zone campaign to bring awareness to campus sexual assault. Last year, the SFDA’s Office and seven San Francisco colleges and universities signed memorandums of understanding to collaborate and address campus sexual assault. Today’s training helped advance the goals of this collaboration. 

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