Assistance for Victims of Sexual Assault
Contact any of the following for assistance:
- 559.278-8400 Fresno State Police Department
- 559.278-2734 University Health & Psychological Services
- 559.278-4435 Women's Resource Center
- 559.278-2541 Judicial Affairs
- 559.278-2541 VP for Student Affairs & Dean of Students
- 559.222-7273 Resource Center for Survivors of Sexual Assault and Family Violence
- 559.237-4706 Marjaree Mason Center
With the approval of the victim, Fresno State Police personnel will assist in contacting support services for victims of sexual assault. Such services include:
- Notifying the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Judicial Affairs, Women’s Resource Center, Rape Counseling Center, Marjaree Mason Center, family members, etc.
- Confidentiality, medical attention, and physical protection.
- Academic and Student Affairs intervention, including changing the academic situation of the victim upon request when reasonable accommodations can be made.
- Relocation of victim and/or alleged perpetrator if both are on-campus residents. Other restrictions may be placed upon the alleged perpetrator.
If the victim does not wish to initiate legal action, this will
be noted. In any event, general medical care may be provided.
The victim has the right to press charges at a later date if desired. Members of the University Police Department are committed to assist victims in any way possible.
The victim's written consent is required for the release of any public information regarding the assault.
An alternative to remaining silent about a sexual assault is the Third-Party Rape Report. The victim maintains anonymity and the incident, time, place, and descriptions of the suspects are relayed to peace officers for preventative action.
Fresno State Police Department and the Women’s Resource Center have a close working relationship. The Police Department provides a liaison officer to the Women’s Resource Center. The liaison officer has received specialized training in sexual assault investigations.
The Women's Resource Center provides services to enhance the learning and working experiences of women in the university community. Men are encouraged to participate in the center's activities, to support organizational goals, and to promote among their peers recognition of sexism, racism, and other forms of discrimination against women. The center provides a place where women can share and support one another; participate in discussion groups about sexual abuse and other topics; peer counseling and referral services for coping with personal transitions, crises, or other life experiences needing guidance and support; training and presentations with the local rape crisis center for those interested in becoming advocates for victims of sexual assault; receive informational literature concerning rape, spousal abuse, date rape, substance abuse and sexual assault, etc.
Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) system is a program designed to develop and enhance the options of self defense for women. The training program consists of classroom lectures on sexual assault, risk reduction factors, patterns of the date rape encounter, the continuum of survival, the decision to resist, and basic principles of self-defense. The second segment of the program is a hands-on approach to self-defense. Students learn offensive and defensive postures and a variety of tactics to ward off an attacker. The university police department has several certified RAD instructors and provides programs to campus members.