Woman sexually assaulted on Cal Poly campus

January 15, 2014

calpolyCal Poly University Police received a report Tuesday of an alleged sexual assault that occurred on campus in the early morning hours of Jan. 7.

The victim told police that she was walking toward the University Union on Perimeter Road around 12:30 a.m. when an unknown suspect attacked her from behind. The suspect forcibly put a bag or pillowcase over the victim’s head with the intention of sexually assaulting her, a Cal Poly emergency email stated.

The victim escaped and did not see the suspect, who fled in an unknown direction.

On Tuesday, a woman reported to San Luis Obispo police that a man sexually assaulted her in the downtown area and fled.


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Such a sad story….

I would like to know: if it turns out the perp was – say – an athlete or member of a Cal Poly club, will Poly Administrators make all clubs or athletes register before walking on campus?

When I attended CalPoly (2006 grad), there were red-painted hand prints at every location where a rape had occurred. Usually the hand prints were on walking surfaces.

However, during homecoming often there were trash containers or other objects placed over the red hand prints.

When I encountered something obstructing view of the hand prints (the ones I knew about), if I could, I moved them so the hand print was visible.

So I give CalPoly two thumbs up for placing the hand prints in the first place, and two thumbs down for covering them up when it was homecoming week.

I could be mistaken but I thought those handprints were where attempted sexual assaults had occurred, not actual rapes. Regardless, I agree w/your point.

Kevin 99: for all the Cindy’s out there-an excert from “How To Prevent Rape”

Don’t tell your women friends how to be safe and avoid rape.

Don’t imply that she could have avoided it if she’d only done/not done x.

Don’t imply that it’s in any way her fault.

Don’t let silence imply agreement when someone tells you he “got some” with the drunk girl.

Don’t perpetuate a culture that tells you that you have no control over or responsibility for your actions. You can, too, help yourself.


Kevin 99-isn’t this sadly the world we live in? A man rapes a woman, and she thinks she did something to allow it, or fail to prevent it. What about the man?

What about the man who buys another woman for sex, knowing the woman is in physical and psychological bondage to a male exploiting her and going to take the money?

What about a man who buys sex with a child, and imagines whatever he imagines so he can live with himself, and miss that the little girl is what 12-13 years old?

Men need to take a look at themselves. Cowards will continue to behave like rapists.

I agree with your comments, but I think I probably wasn’t clear with mine: This young woman did NOT claim that it was her fault–it was Cindy, who posts regularly in this room and used to post on the Trib–who claimed that it was the young woman’s fault. It was awful, especially coming from a woman.

I remember a couple of years ago, when a young woman was assaulted on campus after being at a party. Our Cindy explained to us that it was her own fault, because she should know better than to drink. So, Cindy, should this woman have known better than to walk?