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Campus police on Thursday released these sketches of the rape suspects, described as Asian males in their early 20s

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Campus police on Thursday released these sketches of the rape suspects, described as Asian males in their early 20s


UCSB Gang Rape Investigation Continues

Officials Point to Effectiveness of Central Coast’s State Crime Lab


Thursday, March 6, 2014
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The ripple effects of the violent gang rape of a 19-year-old female student on UCSB’s campus have been felt for over a week. Following the brutal February 23 attack, UCSB police strengthened security, national media spread the story, and university CARE (Campus Advocacy Resources & Education) offices saw an increase in both walk-ins and calls.

UCSB police say they are looking for “upwards of at least three suspects” and have released sketches of two of them, both Asian males in their early twenties and strangers to the victim. One was described as tall and thin, the other short with a medium build. According to Sheriff’s officials, the woman was last seen walking alone between midnight and 12:30 a.m. near Embarcadero del Mar and Segovia Road. She attempted to fight off her attackers at the scene ​— ​authorities are not disclosing the exact campus location ​— ​and returned to her Isla Vista residence before notifying police.

In response to the high-profile case, the UCSB Police Department announced it will be recruiting five new officers to augment its 29-person force. And the university, according to Chancellor Henry Yang, will also add lights and cameras to the west end of campus and increase its number of student Community Service Officers (CSOs).

Last weekend, a Santa Barbara City College student was sexually assaulted on the 6500 block of Del Playa Drive at 1 a.m. on February 22. The suspect ​— ​described as a thin, 56 male with brown eyes and dark hair ​— ​allegedly took the victim behind a vehicle and assaulted her after he met her outside of a party. No one has been arrested, and the investigation is ongoing.

On January 18, an 18-year-old UCSB student was allegedly raped by three black males around 1:20 a.m. at the 6500 block of Sabado Tarde. The suspects ​— ​an unidentified 15-year-old, 22-year-old Casey Avila, and 18-year-old Charles Dunbar ​— ​were arrested and charged with forcible rape and aiding and abetting each other in the act. Avila and Dunbar are behind bars on $250,000 bail and are scheduled to appear in court on March 20. If convicted, they face up to nine years in prison.

UCSB officials said there were four reported rapes on campus in 2010, one in 2011, and four in 2012. In Isla Vista, there were 15 rapes and seven sexual battery reports in 2012, and 17 rapes and six sexual battery reports in 2013, according to records from the Sheriff’s Office. Data indicates only 15 percent of sexual assaults in the area occur between two people who do not know each other, according to Elsa Granados from the Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center. Seventeen to 20 percent of the nearly 700 victims the center sees each year are UCSB or SBCC students. Of the 59 sexual assault cases reported to law enforcement last year, 41 percent involved alcohol.

While these cases and others are investigated and prosecuted, the Central Coast carries the distinction of leading the way in quick turnaround for evidence evaluation. About a year ago, a program called Rapid DNA Service (RADS) was implemented, which allows three additional swabs to be collected from high-yield areas on a victim and sent via FedEx to the crime lab. RADS boasts machines that can run up to 24 samples at once, a much faster process than opening a highly detailed rape kit. Located in Goleta, the state crime lab covers Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties and became the second one in California to implement RADS. District Attorney Joyce Dudley called the program “a watershed moment” in her 20 years in law enforcement.

Recently, 1,900 untested rape kits were found in Alameda County, prompting its District Attorney to work with state legislators to propose a bill that would call for rape kits to be submitted to crime labs within five days. It will be heard in the Legislative Assembly Public Safety committee next week. Though a backlog of unidentified suspects is not an issue in Santa Barbara, the fact that there are untested rape kits in other jurisdictions means DNA samples are not being uploaded into the Combined DNA Index System (known as CODIS), the national database used to match profiles with evidence already collected and uploaded. So far in 2014, Santa Barbara nurses have given 26 exams ​— ​eight were university students ​— ​and there have been five CODIS hits from samples collected last year.

While added enforcement helps, State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson said UCSB’s police increase is merely a Band-Aid, arguing that the university needs at least another 30 officers and that it should take better responsibility for violent sexual behavior that occurs in Isla Vista. UCSB sophomore and Take Back the Night cochair Tara Atrian concurred, explaining campus resources should be better publicized. Further, she noted Isla Vista’s party reputation is problematic because it often wrongly excuses violent sexual behavior.

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Those statistics are startling.

sbresident2 (anonymous profile)
March 6, 2014 at 6:25 p.m. (Suggest removal)

It's very very nice to see honest statistics for a change. Be even nicer to see a comparison with the utterly absurd 1 in 5 feminist falsehoods that our official Gender Bigots (Obama, Biden, Hannah Beth Jackson and her cohorts) regularly trot out to create rape hysteria or to institute the OCR's totalitarian tyranny in the name of protecting a huge number of imaginary (female) rape victims. After all, the press is supposed to challenge pigheaded ('gender') propaganda head on rather than simply reporting it at face value, isn't it?

Let's see shall we? There are an average of 3 REPORTED rapes on campus per year at UCSB. At least some of those rape reports are very likely to be false given the highly creative false accusations which some local college girls have become notorious for in the recent past. But let's assume they are all truthful reports to be conservative here.

Hysterical Hannah Beth has the temerity to recommend that UCSB hire 30 full time cops to protect 3 girls from possible rapes each year using our state tax dollars. This when the state is already bleeding cash like a stuck pig and accumulating debt like a drunken sailor. Beside since fascist fem-pork is already egregious everywhere else (see also VAWA), do we really need to waste more of our tax dollars on mostly imaginary 'outrage' ginned up by dishonest Gender Bigots.

Given that UCSB girls generally tend to display their superior sexual 'assets' like baboons in heat to all comers but generally allow access to said assets to only a small minority of alpha males, is it any wonder that sexually frustrated betas (like possibly the alleged Asian gang bang-ers profiled above) might stoop to sexual robbery of said assets and/or to revenge for said constant, unrelenting, public, and officially encouraged sexual provocations? Might not Hannah Beth be better off to suggest that the sleepwalking Orwellian bureaucrats at UCSB's Women's Center start an educational campaign to show young female college students how to be responsible for their superior sexual power, to dress them-sexes appropriately in public settings, and to stop provoking male lust gratuitously OR failing that to be very very capable of coping with the risks they do CHOOSE to run by displaying their girl-goods gratuitously in public and/or for letting their love-doors unlocked in dangerous neighborhoods. Such a solution wouldn't cost us another dime, it'd keep the woe-is-us Women's Center too busy for more Machiavellian monkey business, it'd grow college girls into powerful self-aware sexual adults in preparation for the real world, AND it'd probably teach potential rapists some very memorable lessons as well.

Sealion (anonymous profile)
March 9, 2014 at 7:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

And now let the howls of hysterical outrage and the false accusations of 'rape apology' begin. But please remember that rape is a crime of sex not power and that 'rape culture' is a fascist feminist fantasy created by and for the world's largest and most officially coddled hate movement. And please create clean distinctions for personal responsibility between the opposite sexes so that you don't patronize girls or scapegoat guys.

Sealion (anonymous profile)
March 9, 2014 at 7:50 p.m. (Suggest removal)

So Sealion, what makes you an expert on rape?

Herschel_Greenspan (anonymous profile)
March 9, 2014 at 9:43 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Lots of homework plus plenty of direct observation, Mr. Greenspan. But, I'm only an amateur because that's all that's needed to totally destroy the poisonous pretensions of the totalitarian tools who tyrannize our schools, who poison our politics, and who loot our laws for 'gendered' (eg. sexed) superiority. Since you are also a man who is under the same tyrannical government gun why don't you join me?

Sealion (anonymous profile)
March 10, 2014 at 12:04 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Let's withhold sex from women until they agree to stay home and be domestic servants all day.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
March 10, 2014 at 12:10 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I think you've got it all backwards, Mr. Volok. You see women are the superior withholding sex thanks to biology. Since the 'no' sex always holds the cards in the relationship, it's women who withhold sex until men bring home the bacon as public sex-slaves all day.

What we really need is a Take Back the Day protest to stop the rape of status (money, power, fame etc) by women who use sexual vice+plus state proxy violence to rob guy-goods from men.

Sealion (anonymous profile)
March 10, 2014 at 1:49 a.m. (Suggest removal)

"Given that UCSB girls generally tend to display their superior sexual 'assets' like baboons in heat to all comers but generally allow access to said assets to only a small minority of alpha males, is it any wonder that sexually frustrated betas (like possibly the alleged Asian gang bang-ers profiled above) might stoop to sexual robbery of said assets and/or to revenge for said constant, unrelenting, public, and officially encouraged sexual provocations?"

Sealion: What about the good-looking Alpha jocks who rape women and get a free pass because they are A: The captain of the football team; B: Their parents have a lot of money; and/or C: Nobody could believe a good-looking guy could possibly commit rape because after all, (sarcasm here) rape is all about sex. If rape were all about the unfulfilled sex drives, most junior high school boys would be doing hard time in the klink.

What of course won't get touched here is the underlying issue of the culture of alcohol. A friend of mine (now deceased) worked at the Sheriff's Department and he provided me with a statistics sheet showing the correlation between booze and crime, and I distinctly remember that it said 50% of rapes happen with alcohol playing a role. (Whether the victim, the assailant, or both being under the influence I don't remember) Whether it's Hannah-Beth Jackson, women's groups, sexually frustrated men, UCSB students, or anyone else opining on this matter, they would never address the fact that I.V. is a madhouse with many drunken spoiled brats who have been raised without respect for their fellow beings. Doing so would expose the fallacy of their core beliefs and vested financial interests.

You can take it from there.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
March 10, 2014 at 4:49 a.m. (Suggest removal)

not in such a good place, are you, Sealion, writing "is it any wonder that sexually frustrated betas (like possibly the alleged Asian gang bang-ers profiled above) might stoop to sexual robbery" ?! The issues are yet deeper and more complex; quit blaming women!

DrDan (anonymous profile)
March 10, 2014 at 6:37 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Pulling the standard feminist personal attack ploy when you have no intelligent responses to offer are you, Bill? Of course, there are plenty of other issues but I'm interested, first and foremost, in busting the simplistic and very very false feminist fantasies about rape so that the other issues can even be discussed reasonably. As for not blaming (bad) women, spare me. The rapist certainly needs to be blamed for her/his rape but women are NOT the blameless little victim-saints that feminist bigots would have us believe them to be. Just like men, they have a dark side. It's just that since female evil is often indirect, concealed, socially coddled, officially encouraged, and too taboo to talk about that women SEEM blameless in the scheme of things. It's time to change that so we can have 'equality' for a change.

Sealion (anonymous profile)
March 10, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. (Suggest removal)

No means no.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
March 10, 2014 at 11:37 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Sealion must be an oppressed male. Errr fight the power brother!

Herschel_Greenspan (anonymous profile)
March 10, 2014 at 12:01 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Correction: the above comment is for the Dr. in the house and NOT for Bill.

Bill: Good looking alpha jocks MIGHT get away with rape in places like Ohio, Texas, or Penn State U where football is a 'religion' worshipped fanatically by women and men alike, but here in faux-progressive Santa Barbara there's absolutely no chance that any MAN would get away with REPORTED rape. Looks do help attractive predators of both sexes get away with crimes of all kinds but that has nothing directly to do with rape as a SEX crime. While necessary, frustrated sex drives are not sufficient to commit rape. Rapists also need power (as a means to rob sex) as well as opportunities to commit rape. Female teachers, not boys, are in the best position to rape boys (and girls) in high school because high school tends to be a tyrannical prisons for boys (and girls). College however, gives both male and female rapists the freedom and the opportunities to abuse their budding personal power.

As for addressing IV as a booze driven madhouse, I couldn't agree more. But now you are going after SB's female-dominated CULTURE. That's a toughie which makes everything else we already raised above look like playing tiddlywinks.

Sealion (anonymous profile)
March 10, 2014 at 12:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Mr. Volok: 'No means no' is just another stupid slogan from your favorite gender bigots. Camille Paglia has some hilarious riffs on that lame line on YouTube. You might bone up before you swallow the pink Kool-aid next time.

Sealion (anonymous profile)
March 10, 2014 at 12:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Mr. Greenspan is obviously too butt-hurt to use his head for more than pretty decoration now but he's always welcome to bring his head back into the game the moment he chooses to do so. In the meantime, he might channel some GirlWritesWhat or do some other serious homework on the world's largest and most officially coddled anti-male hate movement. Ignorance is never attractive.

As Camille Paglie wrote recently, what 'we are watching is the collapse of civilization' thanks to feminism. Think IV is a madhouse? Just wait till this whole hot, fast, loose, and 'easy' inflationary (feminine) house of cards collapses.

Sealion (anonymous profile)
March 10, 2014 at 12:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Aww, somebody needs a hug.

Herschel_Greenspan (anonymous profile)
March 10, 2014 at 12:42 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I think Sealion is saying that women commonly use the biological advantage of their sexuality in order dominate/manipulate/control/steal from men and that is morally wrong, even if it is not criminally wrong. I don't think he is saying anything about rape being "ok". I think his point is that one side is being recognized by the feminist narrative and the other side is not, when in fact the side they are virtually ignoring is definitely a "women's issue" and is significantly more predominant than rape. But since it happens to benefit women in many ways, perhaps this is why it is ignored?

Not to mention, it is maybe a bit ironic that the very same mechanism by which women use to control/manipulate/dominate/steal from men is the same mechanism that causes some (VERY few) men to rape - afterall, the element used to control/manipulate/dominate/steal is not by providing sex but by withholding it. So perhaps his point is that if women were not using their sexuality for the purposes of control and manipulation so much they may, just may be more open with it, although neither I nor he could say that with any certainty as we are not female and so have very little if any understanding of the female sex drive.. and women commonly either contradict and/or lie about it so the world may never know the truth.

I think he's also saying that by putting such a huge emphasis on rape and what they have identified as "rape culture" creates a culture that is anti-male rather than being anti-rapist. They seem to forget that women are just as big of a participant in what they refer to as "rape culture" as men are and most of the women involved don't seem to have a problem with it and actively encourage it, at least in my experience.

Both sealion and feminists do have something in common, both seem want to change the way men and women commonly relate to each other that can cause negative interactions between them.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
March 10, 2014 at 1:10 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Don't think so, girlfren.

Sealion (anonymous profile)
March 10, 2014 at 1:11 p.m. (Suggest removal)

How refreshing, Loonpt.

Sealion (anonymous profile)
March 10, 2014 at 1:59 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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