April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Thumbnail image for sexualassaultawareness.jpegFR: President Ruben Armiñana
If you are not aware, April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Sonoma State University is a relatively safe campus and the safety of every one of our students and employees is our highest priority. But, sexual assaults do occasionally occur on any campus.

Please be aware that approximately 90% of acquaintance sexual assaults on this campus have involved drugs or alcohol. The use of alcohol and drugs can diminish the ability to make best choices regarding personal safety or actions.

I want to be very clear about the fact that any sexual assault at Sonoma State University will be thoroughly investigated and any perpetrators will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law and held strictly accountable to campus policies.

Any reports of sexual assault are handled by caring and compassionate people. Victims of sexual assault in the University community actually have more resources available to them than victims of sexual assault in surrounding communities.

You may not be aware that Police Services may only move forward with information about a sexual assault with permission from the victim. The victim always drives the process. If you are aware of any actionable information to aid in the investigation of any crime, please contact Police Services at 707 664-4444.

At the link below, you will find a resource guide, prepared by those on campus who are involved with sexual assault incidents. I ask you to please review it and consider keeping a copy for future reference.

sexual assault resource guide.doc

As a reminder, all University employees are obligated to report any sexual assault information of which they are aware that has been shared with them by a victim, perpetrator, or third party that has occurred on campus or at a University sponsored event.

The report goes to Employee Relations and Compliance at 707 664-4470 and must include names of victims and perpetrators, if known. The only confidential sources victims may report sexual assault information to are Counseling & Psychological Services, the Student Health Center, and police.

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