March 2, 2017
***Trigger Warning: allegations of off-campus sexual assault***
Today, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department released information surrounding the arrest of a Cerritos College student regarding allegations of sexual assault that occurred off campus.
On February 22, 2017, the student was arrested and booked at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Norwalk Station. The Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Bureau is actively investigating. The law regulates that confidentiality must be maintained for cases of this nature. Details about this case will be limited as the Sheriff’s investigation continues.
Although this incident did not occur on campus, the College does not take this matter lightly. The College will continue to cooperate with the Sheriff’s investigation. A Title IX investigation is also ongoing.
Due to the active nature of this case, please refer anyone alleging to have information on this case immediately to the Special Victims Bureau at 562-946-8531 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. After business hours, call the Sheriff’s Information Bureau at 213-229-1700 and ask for the on-call Special Victims Bureau detective. If you are affected by these events, you can visit Student Health for confidential personal counseling services. Additional counseling services will be available in HR today until 4 p.m. and Friday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
With the College’s sexual misconduct and violence prevention policies in mind, help is available if you are a survivor of sexual assault. You can contact Campus Police at 562-924-3618 or file a report with Dr. Valyncia Raphael, Title IX Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Again, even though this incident did not occur here on campus, the College strongly encourages you to use all of the resources we have available, if needed.
- Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings. Know what is typical and what is not.
- Call 911 from a campus phone or (562) 402-3674 from a cell phone to report suspicious activity.
- Be aware of parking lots, walkways and restrooms.
- Travel with others with whom you are comfortable when possible, or call Campus Police for a Security Escort if needed.
- Let others know where you are going, especially if you might be there alone.
- If you are uncomfortable, go to where there are other people.
- Headphones can eliminate your ability to be aware of your surroundings.
- Move confidently at a steady pace and make eye contact with people.
- Keep keys in hand when moving to a vehicle.
- Keep windows and doors locked.
- Check the interior of a vehicle before getting in.
- Go to the nearest open business or police station if you are being followed.
- Do not confront a fleeing suspect, from a safe distance obtain a good description and direction of travel for the police
- Natural Disaster
- Hazardous Material Accident
- Bomb Threat/Explosion
- Violent/Criminal Behavior
- Utility Failure
BEFORE THE EMERGENCY
- See situation-specific information on the Posters.
- Note the location of your Emergency Evacuation Assembly Area for rooms you use/occupy on campus.
- Have emergency phone numbers handy.
- Keeps halls and exits clear of boxes/debris.
- Correct or report hazardous conditions.