CSUDH recognizes that sexual assault is a serious issue, and will not tolerate acts of sexual assault on campus. The University will investigate all allegations of sexual assault and take appropriate disciplinary, criminal, or legal action, with prior consent of the victim.
As soon as convenient, the victim of a sexual assault should report the incident, including date or acquaintance rape to the University Police, the local police (if off-campus), university faculty or staff members. The victim should make every attempt to preserve any physical evidence of the assault. This may include a voluntary medical exam, not showering, or disposing of any damaged clothing, or other items that are present after/during the assault.
The University Police, with the victim’s consent, will immediately conduct a criminal investigation of a reported sexual assault. Disciplinary actions may be imposed on recognized individual students, student organizations, and/or university faculty and staff found responsible for a sexual assault. University sanctions following campus disciplinary procedures depend on the outcome and may range from suspension to expulsion. Every effort will be made to criminally prosecute perpetrators of sexual assaults. The accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during a campus disciplinary proceeding and both shall be informed of the outcome of the proceeding.
After an alleged sexual assault incident occurs, the university will assist the victim in changing academic and living situations if so requested and if such changes are reasonably available.
If you become the victim of a sexual assault on or off campus:
Sexual assault is any intentional or knowing touching or fondling by the accused, either directly or through the clothing, of the victim's genitals, breasts, thighs, or buttocks, without consent. It includes, but is not limited to, acts or attempted acts of rape, forced sodomy, forced oral copulation, rape by a foreign object, sexual battery and acquaintance/date rape.
Acquaintance rape is any non-consensual sexual activity between 2 or more people who know each other. It can happen between friends, spouses, girlfriends and/or boyfriends, people who just met, etc.
Get to a safe place.
Notify the appropriate police agency. If you don't know who to call, call 9-1-1 and you will be directed to the appropriate agency.
Seek medical attention, even if you have not been seriously physically injured. It is important to seek medical attention, even if you do not plan to report the sexual assault to the police. A medical examination is important to check for sexually transmitted diseases, other infections, injuries, and pregnancy.
Help preserve evidence. Physical evidence is crucial in helping to prosecute assailants. Evidence generally must be collected within 72 hours of the assault, and only by a certified medical facility upon the request of a law enforcement agency. To preserve evidence after an attack, you should not change your clothes, bathe, shower or take any other personal hygiene action before contacting police. If it becomes absolutely necessary that you change your clothes, each item should be packaged separately in a paper bag. If oral contact took place, do not brush your teeth, use mouthwash, or smoke. Do not "straighten up" the crime scene.
A survivor may request a change in academic and/or living arrangements after a sexual attack, if the changes are reasonably available.
There are several things that can be done after a sexual assault or rape occurs. A survivor can file a police report, seek medical attention, go to counseling, and/or seek administrative options if the assailant is a University student or employee.
If the assault took place on University property, the University Police will respond to the call. If the assault took place elsewhere, then it falls under the jurisdiction of the police in that area. When the police arrive, they will address your medical needs first to assess whether you need to go to the hospital immediately. The police are specially trained to handle sexual assault cases, and will see to it that the situation is handled in a sensitive, caring manner.
The police will then begin to interview you about what happened. This can be a very difficult task, but it is absolutely necessary if a police report is to be completed. The police will then get as much information as possible on the alleged assailant and investigate the case further. The sooner the assault is reported, the sooner the investigation can begin. Further investigation could lead to an arrest.
If you go to the hospital, medical personnel will conduct a physical examination. They will also conduct an evidentiary examination in case you decide to go through the court system. In the event that you do decide to go through the court system, you will have additional evidence collected.
Going to the hospital is not an easy process for anyone. You may want to take along a good friend or family member for support. It is important to know that if you go straight to the hospital, the hospital will call the police. It is important to recognize that sexual assault is a violent crime, and that hospitals are obligated to call the police. If you do not want to file a police report, that is your choice. If you change your mind, you can file a report later.
In the event that filing a police report is not an option for you, there are many other options to choose from to help yourself or a friend in need.
You have the right to individual or group counseling for support. No one should have to deal with a sexual assault alone. Getting support for this traumatic event is very important. All counseling is held in a very supportive and confidential environment.
Sexual assaults may be reported to any of the following agencies, which provide a variety of support options and resources. Reports may be made anonymously.
The University Police respond to all reports of sexual assault. Officers' conduct investigations, interview victims and suspects, collect evidence, testify in court, and refer victims to the appropriate services.
Additional listing of organizations that provide assistance to rape victims:
Campus Organizations which provide sexual assault prevention programs:
The University Police will assist our community in notifying or obtaining services from the above and any authorities upon request.
There are a lot of myths about sexual assault. Many people think that sexual assaults are perpetrated by strangers, and that sexual assault mainly occurs in high risk areas like deserted parking lots or isolated, wooded areas. According to a 1996 Department of Justice report, most imprisoned sex offenders knew their victims and almost 60% of incidents took place in a residential setting.
Many people think that sexual assault is motivated by sexual desire. Most experts agree that it isn't. It is a violent crime, a hostile attack, and an attempt to hurt, humiliate, and control the victim.
On college campuses:
Department of Justice reports:
You can find out more information on sexual offenders, and receive tips on how to avoid becoming a victim, on the Megan's Law website.