Yesterday, Sunday, August 27, at around 3 p.m. San Diego State University students, who have been back to school for just one week, were alerted through a report about a sexual assault occurrence this weekend as a Community Safety Notification.
Information is limited, and the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) is still investigating.
For now, this is the only information about the assault that the university has provided, “The victim/survivor, who is an SDSU student, informed SDPD that they entered a vehicle, which at the time they thought was a rideshare vehicle, at an unknown location possibly in the College Area. At some point between the victim/survivor entering the vehicle and getting dropped off at an off-campus location at 70th Street and Saranac Street in the City of San Diego, the victim/survivor told police that the driver sexually assaulted them.”
The suspect’s identity is unknown, and the SDPD is still looking for the individual who sexually attacked the student. However, it was noted in the announcement that they would provide updates on the suspect’s description when they became available.
If you have any information about the suspect, the university urges people to report any tips by calling SDPD at (619) 531-2210.
It is crucial to be aware that August through November is considered a “red zone” because that’s when sexual assault accusations are most frequently recorded. This is especially important given that school started a week ago and new college students are coming this semester.
This frequently occurs because first-year students and recent transfers are particularly vulnerable to these scenarios. After all, they are unfamiliar with the school, and aggressors take advantage of this.
Students at SDSU are being provided with information regarding sexual assault, rideshare safety, and safety tips.
*Article updated 08/30