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Sexual Assault

A sexual assault is any kind of unwanted sexual activity. SDPD’s Sex Crimes Unit investigates all felony sexual assaults with victims 14 years and up.

I am a victim of a sexual assault

Your main concern must be your personal safety. Remove yourself from the situation as soon as possible.

Try your best to stay calm. Assess your situation. If one strategy to remove yourself doesn’t work, try another. Possible options are: negotiating, stalling for time, distracting the assailant and fleeing to a safe place, screaming to attract attention or physically resisting.

Once you get to a safe place, dial 9-1-1 immediately.

I'm unsure if I want to file a police report:

Victims of sexual assault are not obligated to participate in a police investigation, however, they can still choose to obtain what is commonly referred to as a “rape kit” or SART exam (Sexual Assault Response Team). A few things to consider:

  • This exam gathers any forensic evidence from the victim. 
  • Nurses will also check for transmitted diseases and provide a contraceptive.
  • Victims of sexual assault will also be provided with an advocate who can provide other services to facilitate the transition from victim to survivor of sexual assault.
  • At any point, the victim can choose to change their mind about the exam and also choose to speak to the police. 

For those choosing to not have a police investigation, you can contact the Center for Community Solutions - Rape Crisis Hotline at 888-385-4657 to discuss your options. See more resources below. 

I want to file a report:

If you are currently being assaulted or in immediate danger, dial 9-1-1. For an assault that has occurred in the past, call SDPD's non-emergency line at 619-531-2000.

An officer will be dispatched to take a report. The report will be transferred to the Sex Crimes Unit and a detective will contact the victim. An interview will be conducted, and an advocate will be offered to attend the interview. Depending on the case, the detective will discuss next steps in the investigation.

I am a family member or witness to a sexual assault

Contact SDPD’s Sex Crimes Unit or SDPD non-emergency line at 619-531-2000. Provide as much information as possible to aid in the investigation. Note that active investigations are confidential, and the investigator may not be able to share information with you.

Check the status of your sexual assault kit

In 2021, the State of California passed Senate Bill 215, which requires law enforcement to give survivors of sexual assault anonymous access to their sexual assault kit’s progress through the criminal justice system.

To fulfill this requirement, the San Diego Police Department is offering a Victim Portal, a secure website that allows survivors to track the progress of their sexual assault kits anonymously and securely. The portal is available for sexual assault kits that were administered after July 1, 2022. 

If you've lost your kit number provided to you by the hospital, you can contact Palomar Health at 760-739-2150.

Resources for Survivors of Sexual Assault

Your Safe Place - Family Justice Center: 619-533-6000

Center for Community Solutions (CCS) Rape Crisis Hotline: 888-385-4657

Women's Resource Center (WRC): 760-757-3500

Rape Abuse Incest National Network (RAINN): 800-656-HOPE (4673)

Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention & Response (SAPR) Helpline:  877-995-5247

Indian Health Council760-749-1410 x5357 or x5326

La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians Avellaka Program: 760-742-8628 

Southern Indian Health Council, Inc: 619-445-1188

Strong Hearted Native Women's Coalition: 760-644-4781

District Attorney Victim Assistance Program: 619-531-4041

Child Protective Services: 858-560-2191