The Sexual Assault Unit is within the Family Justice Bureau of the Fresno Police Department and is dedicated to helping sexual assault victims.
Sexual Assault Unit
The Sexual Assault Unit fulfills three functions:
- investigate current and past incidents of sexual assaults or attempted assaults,
- investigate criminal acts involving sexual deviance (e.g. child pornography), and
- monitor registered sex offenders pursuant to California Penal Code § 290.
The Mission of the Sexual Assault Unit is:
- to effectively and efficiently investigate allegations of sexual assault,
- to conduct all investigations in a fair and unbiased manner,
- to reduce the number of sexual assaults that occur within the City of Fresno through criminal prosecution and proactive enforcement.
All reports of sexual assault are reviewed by a Unit supervisor. The case is then assigned to a detective for follow-up investigation. Sexual assault detectives investigate a wide range of sex crime allegations involving adults and children. Detectives interact and collaborate with medical personnel, prosecutors, child services, and a number of licensing and child/victim advocacy organizations
How To Report An Incident Or Follow Up On An Existing Case
- Call 911 when an emergency response is needed
- Call (559) 621-7000 when a situation is not an emergency (e.g. delayed reporting)
- Reports can be made via your child’s school to a School Resource Officer (assigned to both Fresno Unified Middle and High Schools)
Follow Up Inquiries
Each year thousands suffer some type of sexual abuse. Who is the typical offender? In the vast majority of sexual assault cases, the offender is known to the victim. Specifically for child victims, the offender is known either to the child and/or child’s family (up to 90% of all cases, per the State of California Department of Justice).
The sexual assault abuser is often:
- a family member of the victim
- a friend of the family of the victim
- a romantic partner, friend, or acquaintance of the victim
Awareness and education will not only further protect the children of Fresno, but it also averts sex offenses from ever occurring.
What Should You Do If You Or A Loved One Is A Sexual Assault Victim?
Seek help immediately!
Call 911 for medical assistance or go to a hospital emergency room in the event of injuries. When a sexual assault has just occurred, important things to remember is that the victim should not:
- wash, bathe, or douche until they have been to the hospital and contacted the police.
- change clothes,
- if the victim has changed clothes, keep the clothes worn during or post assault to be collected as potential evidence.
- if social media, texting, or emails played a role in communicating with the offender, do not delete these contact(s).
Law enforcement officers and medical professionals are aware and empathetic to the emotional impact experienced by sexual assault victims. It may be difficult for victims to confide in strangers about what has happened. Every effort is made to have family members, friends, clergy or anyone the victim may want present to provide support during this difficult time.
Fresno County Victim Services
Valley Children’s Hospital, Child Advocacy Clinic
Family Healing Center
Rape Counseling Services of Fresno
Centro La Familia
The Fresno Police Department Chaplaincy, Resiliency Center
Community Regional Medical Center
Fresno County District Attorney’s Office
Fresno County Department of Social Services