This email is being sent to the campus community as a Timely Warning regarding a crime that occurred on campus-adjacent public property. The following is provided for your personal safety.
On April 6, 2021, the UCSB Police Department received a report of a rape that occurred at People’s Park in Isla Vista on April 5, 2021. The involved parties are not affiliated with campus.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office (SBSO) is investigating this crime. If you have information that might assist in the investigation, please contact SBSO at (805) 681-4100, or report crime information anonymously at www.sbsheriff.org/home/anonymous-tip/. You can also contact the UCSB Police Department at (805) 893-3446, or report crime information anonymously at www.police.ucsb.edu/contact-us/report-crime.
UCPD reminds the campus community of the following safety tips and resources:
- Do not feel obligated to do anything you do not want to do. “I do not want to” is always a good enough reason.
- If you start to feel concerns about a person or a situation, trust your instincts and try to remove yourself as quickly as possible from the potential threat, even if it is someone you know and even if it feels awkward to leave.
- Perpetrators are responsible for sexual assaults. Crime victims are never responsible for the behavior of perpetrators.
- If you are going out alone, make sure that someone knows where you are going, who you will be with, and when you expect to return.
- If you think someone is at risk of assault or abuse, you should consider it an emergency and act to support that person. You can call the police or ask for help from other people, intervene directly if safe, or create a distraction to help remove the potential victim from the situation.
- Do not engage in sexual activity without affirmative consent from your partner. Consent is a clear and freely given “Yes,” not the absence of “No.”
- You must continually get consent for sexual activity. It is your responsibility to make sure you have affirmative and ongoing consent from your partner.
- People who are incapacitated by alcohol or drugs cannot give consent.
- The UCSB CARE office provides confidential support and advocacy to students who have experienced sexual assault, relationship abuse, and stalking. Call (805) 893-4613 any time (24/7) for confidential help. CARE website: https://care.ucsb.edu/.
- Information about UCSB’s policies and support resources for sexual violence can be found at: https://titleix.ucsb.edu/.
- The UCSB Police Department’s CSO Safety Escort Program is a free service provided to members of the UCSB community as a safe alternative to walking alone at night. Call (805) 893-2000 to request a CSO escort.
**UCPD encourages printing and posting of this Timely Warning for further community notification.**
WHAT IS THIS NOTICE?
In compliance with the Clery Act, Timely Warnings are issued by the UCSB Police Department when certain (Clery Act) crimes occurring on campus property, properties controlled by campus-affiliated organizations, or public property immediately adjacent to campus are determined to be a serious or continuing threat to the campus community. Timely Warnings are intended to prevent similar crimes and to provide information that will assist community members in protecting themselves.