Late Tuesday night a female CSUN student was raped by her boyfriend in her dorm room. Her boyfriend is not a student and authorities will not give out any further information, as this is an active case. According to Project D.A.T.E., a date/acquaintance rape prevention campus program sponsored by the University Counseling Services and Valley Trauma Center, 85 percent of rapes that occur on college campuses are committed by the victims’ acquaintance. The incident was reported on Thursday night minutes after 11 p.m. Christina Villalobos, public information officer for the CSUN Department of Police Services, said the campus averages a reported two to four rapes annually. ‘It’s a severely underreported crime,’ Villalobos said. ‘It can look like a low number, but we know it’s not an accurate representation.’ Sexual assault is one of the most under reported crimes, with 60 percent still being left unreported, according to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), a national anti-sexual assault organization. It’s because it’s underreported that it’s important to report a sexual assault, Villalobos said. ‘First and foremost if there is someone going out and raping people and it’s a stranger, if it’s happening across campus and people don’t report it, our detectives aren’t going to be able to piece the information together,’ Villalobos said. ‘It can prevent it from happening.’ Villalobos also stressed reporting a sexual assault as soon as possible in order to collect forensic evidence, which can be crucial in a conviction. However the evidence is lost after 72 hours. ‘I’d just like to stress the importance of reporting (a rape) and reporting it on time,’ Villalobos said.
Rape Statistics and Information Statistics One out of every six American women has been a victim of an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime (14.8 percent completed rape; 2.8 percent attempted rape). In 2007, there were 248,300 victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault. (These figures do not include victims 12 years old or younger.) Sexual assault has fallen by more than 60% in recent years. Had the 1993 rate held steady, 6.8 million Americans would have been assaulted in the last 13 years. 50% of rapes of college women are committed on dates. 25% of all college women report experiencing acquaintance rape or attempted rape. 95% of all rapes occur when the rapist, victim, or both are under the influence of alcohol. Information provided by Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) and PROJECT D.A.T.E. Resources 24 Hr availability ‘bull;University Police: 911 ‘bull;Valley Trauma Center: (818) 886-0453 ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ TTY: (661) 253-0258 ‘bull;Pacific Asian Rape and Battering Hotline: ‘ (213) 653-4042 ‘bull;Santa Monica Rape Treatment Center: ‘ (310) 319-4000 ‘bull;L. A. Commission on Assaults Against Women’ ‘ ‘ (LACAAW): (213) 626-3393 ‘bull;National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE On Campus Resources ‘bull;University Counseling Services: (818) 677- 2366 ‘bull;Student Health Center: (818) 677-2366 ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ TTY: (818) 677-3692 ‘bull;CSUN Women’s Center: (818) 677-2780 ‘bull;On campus Safety Escort Service: ‘ (818) 677-5042/5048 ‘ (available from dusk to 11 p.m. weekday nights) ‘