Sexual assault reported at San Francisco State campus

Bay City News
Thursday, February 5, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO -- A female victim reported a sexual battery early Thursday morning on the campus of San Francisco State University, university officials said.

The victim called police at 12:42 a.m. to report that a male suspect grabbed her on a campus walkway between Burk Hall and the Student Health Center and pulled her into the bushes.

The suspect then pressed a sharp object into the victim's side, lifted her skirt, and grabbed her breast and groin for more than a minute.

When the victim began to cry, the suspect told her to "shut up," then fled in an unknown direction, according to university officials.

The victim said she saw the suspect at the metal tables by the exterior restaurants at the Cesar Chavez Student Center before the incident, according to university officials. He allegedly followed her from the student center before the alleged attack.

University officials are describing the suspect as a man in his late 20s who is 5 feet 7 inches tall with a medium build. He was wearing a gray hoodie-style sweatshirt and blue jeans.

Data from the university's 2014 campus security and fire safety report show that one sexual battery took place on campus in 2011 and another in 2013. According to the same report, two rapes occurred on campus in 2011 and four occurred in 2013.

The prevalence of sexual offenses on university campuses has become a nationwide issue. SFSU vice president of student affairs and enrollment management Luoluo Hong said the university has ramped up its efforts to educate students, staff and faculty about sexual offenses and prevent them.

The university will be conducting a survey of current students during the spring 2015 term about the incidence and prevalence of sexual violence. Hong said she expects the university to have the survey results by the end of the academic year.

Anyone with information about the incident is being asked to call the San Francisco State University Police Department at (415) 338-2222 or an anonymous tip line as (415) 338-3030.