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SFWAR has received many calls regarding recent sexual assaults in the Mission neighborhood. Please visit the following link for more information.

Mission Police Department Sexual Assualt Update
(SFPD, Mission Station Website)
updated December 22nd, 2011

SFWAR has received many calls regarding the Richmond High School multiple assailant rape. What follows are selected resources (i.e. articles, community statements, discussion questions) that may assist with processing this trauma. Please also see additional resources contained on our website regarding how to support a survivor of sexual assault; this information can be accessed by searching our resources page.

Gang rape survivors: It's not your fault
(San Francisco Chronicle Article)
(November 2010)

Over the past several months there have been a number of local and national incidents of hate violence. These include the Duke University Lacrosse team sexual assault case; sexual assaults in the Castro targeting gay men or individuals perceived to be gay; physical assaults in the Mission District on lesbians or those perceived to be lesbians; and school shootings of girls in Bailey, Colorado and in Lancaster Pennsylvania.

And at the same time, we realize that sexual violence is generally perpetrated by someone who is part of the survivor's community and/or by someone familiar to the survivor. Of course, those incidents of sexual violence tend to be less revealed and receive less media attention.

What follows are links and information regarding local and national incidents of sexual/hate violence, including what communities are doing to confront and end such violence and support for survivors.


News Articles

Castro residents organize safety patrols
By Mathew S. Bajko, Bay Area Reporter, October 12, 2006

Why Aren't We Shocked?
By Bob Herbert, New York Times, October 16, 2006

School Shootings Target Girls
Ms. Magazine, October 5, 2006

There's a label for girls deaths
By Mike Hendricks, The Kansas City Star, October 6, 2006

Coverage of 'School Shootings' Avoids the Central Issue
By Jackson Katz,, October 11, 2006

Other Resources & Information

David S. Lee
Prevention Connection Manager
California Coalition Against Sexual Assault
916-446-2520 x309

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