2 sexual assaults reported in off-campus fraternities near UC Berkeley

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Two female UC Berkeley students reported having been sexually assaulted over the weekend at off-campus fraternities, authorities said in brief statements released Monday evening.

One of the sexual assaults took place Friday evening in the 2300 block of Piedmont Avenue, police said.

“The victim, a female UCB student, was attending a social event when she awoke the next day and reported unwanted sexual conduct,” according to a University of California Police Department notice released just before 6 p.m. “BPD is actively investigating the situation.”

Information about the next case was released about 10 minutes later.


In that incident, the student “was attending a social event when she was assaulted by an acquaintance” in the 2400 block of Prospect Street. Both calls were described by BPD as felonies.

No further details were released by UCPD about either incident, and no information was provided about the age of the students.

UCPD did not report the locations of the assaults but online information from the Berkeley Police Department, on CrimeMapping.com, included that information.

According to BPD data, there was also a misdemeanor sexual assault reported in the neighborhood, in the 2500 block of Durant Avenue, over the weekend. And a felony sex crime, near Ashby and Telegraph avenues, was reported Friday night.

No arrests have been reported.


By the numbers

According to CrimeMapping, there have been about 61 reported sexual assaults throughout the city over the past six months, including within UCPD’s jurisdiction. See a list.

Of those, 40 were within the city’s jurisdiction and the other 21 were within the university’s.

Forty-one of the sexual assaults took place in the campus area, between Milvia Street and the Berkeley-Oakland border to the east, and from Dwight Way north to University Avenue. (See the map below.)

According to CrimeMapping data — which is pulled from local law enforcement jurisdictions and posted online for the public — about half of those 41 incidents near campus have taken place since the beginning of August.

Source: CrimeMapping/BPD & UCPD
Sexual assaults near the UC Berkeley campus reported since April 21. Source: CrimeMapping/BPD & UCPD

UCPD safety tips for students

  • 80% of sexual assault and rapes are perpetrated by someone known to the survivor, and on college campuses 90% of survivors know their attacker.
  • If you have been the victim of a violent crime the following resources are available:
    o   Confidential care advocate: 510-642-1988, http://bit.ly/careadvocate
    o   Center for Student Conduct: 510-643-9069
    o   Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (Title IX) – 510-643-7985
    o   Tang Center Services for Students:510-642-6074
    o   The Survivor Support Website: http://survivorsupport.berkeley.edu
    o   Gender Equity Resource Center: 510-643-5727
    o   Bay Area Women Against Rape (BAWAR) 24-hr line: 510-845-RAPE (7273)

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