City College Student Sexually Assaulted

Accepted Ride from Stranger on Campus Thursday Morning

Friday, September 20, 2013
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A female City College student was the victim of an alleged sexual assault after getting in a stranger’s car near the school’s campus. The alleged crime was reported at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday and was responded to by Santa Barbara police.

The student told law enforcement that she was offered a ride by an unknown man and driven to a location where the sexual battery took place, according to a campus-wide email alert. Full details on the incident cannot be released at the moment because the crime is still under investigation, said police officials.

This is the second alleged sexual battery that has occurred on or near the City College campus in the past two months. The first took place on August 25, a day before students returned to class for the fall semester. There is no evidence indicating the crimes are linked.

School president Dr. Lori Gaskin said the college is forming a crisis intervention team to discuss the incidents. A campus-wide email urged students to use caution, be aware of their surroundings, refrain from accepting rides from strangers, and report any suspicious behavior.


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A stranger's car? Really? C'mon!

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
September 20, 2013 at 7:25 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The brain is not fully formed until age 25. Later for men.

JohnLocke (anonymous profile)
September 21, 2013 at 9:24 a.m. (Suggest removal)

So were descriptions given, car models noted, approximate ages reported?
Seriously, this is the worst info withheld reportage of a sexual assault I've read. Police HAVE to let citizens know who and what to be on the look out for.

Draxor (anonymous profile)
September 21, 2013 at 7:16 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Rape is never justified. But in an age of dynamic feminine awareness, the following is puzzling: "..that she was offered a ride by an unknown man ..." Obviously, this wasn't her best choice, was it?

salsipuedes (anonymous profile)
September 22, 2013 at 10:32 a.m. (Suggest removal)

@John Locke: And your point is?

salsipuedes (anonymous profile)
September 22, 2013 at 10:34 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Poor decision-making by a not fully formed brain. Duh. Which does not in any way diminish the seriousness of the crime nor compassion for the victim.

JohnLocke (anonymous profile)
September 22, 2013 at 10:58 a.m. (Suggest removal)

@Interesting. Interesting, indeed. But I seem to remember that in early socialization children were taught not to speak to strangers. And that is early socialization, mind you. By time both genders are beginning middle school those patterns should be well internalized and practiced. So it follows, then, that in early adulthood (from 18 on) the command "avoid getting into cars with strangers" should be a well ingrained survival mechanism. Now, pardon me while I enroll at Harvard to be brought up to speed as to how a "...not fully formed brain..." trumps what should be by now instinctive survival reactions.

salsipuedes (anonymous profile)
September 22, 2013 at 4:01 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Here we go...

Some random incident occurs, we're not told what but we're told to be scared. All of the sudden every random person you encouter today is out to get you.

Put on your headphones, stare into your iPhone, keep walking straight ahead and remember nobody is safe.

So much for peace on earth.

haskelslocal (anonymous profile)
September 23, 2013 at 9:46 a.m. (Suggest removal)

But that's exactly my point.

Cornell School of Medicine, published last year.

JohnLocke (anonymous profile)
September 23, 2013 at 9:54 a.m. (Suggest removal)

She was probably drunk that night or had a manic nymphomania episode and regretted it afterwards thats why she couldnt remember the car or the guys name.

U dont just go in a car with a guy if ur a good girl

ilovewhitegirls (anonymous profile)
September 23, 2013 at 3:37 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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