Crime

Rape suspect on the loose after assaulting Cal Poly student

Police: Crime occurred either May 26 or 27, 2018

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Cal Poly police are investigating a reported rape that occurred on either May 26 or 27, 2018, in the Cal Poly campus.

Authorities say a student was walking to her room at the Sierra Madre residence hall on the southeast end of campus when an unknown man approached her from behind, pushed her into her room, and sexually assaulted her.

The suspect is described as being approximately 25 years old, 6-feet tall, short blond hair or light brown hair, blond or light-colored goatee, with hairy arms, legs, and chest. He was last seen wearing a red short sleeve shirt and shorts.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call the Cal Poly Police Department at 805-756-2281.

Authorities remind the public of several safety tips one can do to stay safe from an assault, although nothing can prevent an assault besides the perpetrator:

  • Trust your instincts. If you feel unsafe, get to a safe place and call for help or 9-1-1. 
  • Be alert to your surrounds and the people around you. 
  • Always lock residential hall doors and do not let in strangers.
  • If a friend decides to leave a party with someone else, talk to them about their safety and help arrange transportation home.
  • When you go out with friends, agree to keep an eye on one another and to go home together. If a friend starts to exhibit any of the following symptoms, seek medical help immediately. Signs to look for include: dizziness and/or nausea, memory loss, breathing or motion difficulties, and acting disproportionately intoxicated relative to the amount of alcohol consumed.
  • To protect yourself, do not leave drinks unattended and be wary of accepting drinks from people you do not know well. To be even more careful, make sure that you open and pour your own drink and don't share drinks with others. It is always wise to use the buddy system while socializing.
  • Always travel in pairs or groups and inform friends of your intended locations and times of travel.
  • Know which behaviors constitute sexual assault and rape. Understand that most incidents occur between people who know each other.
  • If something happens, it wasn't your fault. You have the right to get anonymous or confidential support from resources on campus and off campus.

Respect the rights of others.

  • Get verbal consent from your partner and don't assume you know what the other person wants.
  • Sexual assault is a felony in the state of California. Sentencing can include up to 10 years in prison, fines, and psychiatric treatment.
  • The absence of the word "no" does not constitute consent. Make sure you have consent by asking your partner what they want to do. If your partner seems confused or unsure, it's time to stop.
  • Remember that having done something sexual previously is not a blanket "yes" for the future.
  • Never slip anyone any type of drug. Not only is this illegal, but you don't know what effect a drug can have on someone.

If you are a victim and/or survivor of assault, support and advocacy are available 24 hours seven days a week from RISE, San Luis Obispo County’s crisis line at 855-886-7473.


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