20-25 rapes reported in Isla Vista over 3 years, according to CSD report
The Isla Vista Community Service District presented a preliminary report on Tuesday detailing cases of sexual assault and misconduct on campus and in Isla Vista since 2013.
The report showed that IV was the most frequent location of reported rapes, followed by the villages of San Clemente and the Santa Catalina Residence. Between 20 and 25 rapes were reported from 2015 to 2017, according to the report.
The most common location for sexual offenses – which the report defines differently from sexual assault – is the UC Santa Barbara library. Eight reports of sexual offenses took place at the UCSB library, followed by six reports at the Santa Catalina residence.
According to the report, the UCSB Police Department (UCPD) defines rape as any type of vaginal, anal or oral penetration without the victim’s consent. Sexual offenses include touching, incest, statutory rape, indecent assault, travel and more.
The report includes UCPD data recorded between 2015 and 2017 and a compilation of articles referring to sexual assault, “culture of connection” and attitudes regarding sexual encounters within Isla Vista, UC Santa Barbara. and the large UC system from 2013 to 2017.
UCSB students included a sexual assault report card among a list of demands they made to school administrators last May. In March, the CSD officially started preparing the report.
The Isla Vista Community Service District (CSD) has made several requests to register with the UCPD and the Isla Vista Foot Patrol (IVFP) for detailed information on cases of sexual assault and death. ‘misconduct. The information includes the precise location of incidents that have occurred.
The IVFP rejected the CSD’s request on the grounds that the information requested is confidential.
However, CSD legal adviser confirmed that reports of sexual assault in the region are public information and that IVFP has no valid grounds for withholding the information, according to CSD Director General Jonathan Abboud. .
The information, however, lacks critical details, such as the time the incidents occurred, more specific locations, and more detailed classifications of the type of sexual violence.
The board of directors also voted to send a letter to the Santa Barbara sheriff’s office outlining the objectives of the report and requesting more information.
Matan Bostick, CSD public policy intern and author of the report, coded over 30 news articles into categories that best represent the phrases mentioned in each article.
The category with the highest frequency among articles was “Problem[s] with the UC process, ”which refers to any issues survivors might have with the UC process for reporting sexual assault.
The next most frequently cited categories were “Poor results” and “Delays in response process”. These categories refer to any perceived injustice on the part of the victim and a lack of appropriate and timely responses from law enforcement or academic systems, respectively.
Bostick used data from the UCPD to organize the information into graphs comparing variables such as location, type of sex crime, frequency per month, and number of cases reported to the public prosecutor’s office (DA). .
The UCPD distinguishes data relating to sexual violence between two categories: “sexual assault” and “sexual offense”.
Data in the report shows that the number of reported sexual assaults increased by more than 50% between 2015 and 2017. However, each year the majority of cases reported to the UCPD have not been forwarded to the prosecutor’s office.
Bostick said the shortage of cases referred to the prosecutor’s office could be caused by a number of reasons, including a survivor’s choice not to press charges.
The events “are just the tip of the iceberg, particularly with regard to sexual offenses which were reported less frequently than sexual assaults,” Bostick said.
Evelyn Spence contributed reporting.
A version of this article appeared on page 5 of the May 10 print edition of Daily link.