Jun 14, 2023
UPDATE: Police have arrested Brandon Dybdahl, 23, at a Laguna Hills residence on June 14 in connection with the sexual assault. According to the Irvine Police Department, the white sedan seen in the surveillance video was also found at the residence where Dybdahl was arrested.
Irvine police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a sexual assault suspect captured on video committing battery against a woman near the UC Irvine campus. The sexual assault happened Saturday morning, and police released a video of the incident which occurred near the area of Scholarship and Graduate in Irvine.
ABC 7 reported that the suspect – a man believed to be in his early 20s – followed the victim before restraining and groping her from behind.
“Investigators say the woman was doing exercise laps in a nearby parking lot. The video shows the woman making a turn and the moment she does, the suspect turns as well,” ABC 7 said.
Irvine police released the following description of the sexual assault suspect:
The Los Angeles Times reported that a spokesperson for the Irvine Police Department noted that the victim was wearing a head covering resembling those worn by some Muslim women. “We don’t have any indication” that it played a role, however, Karie Davis of the Irvine PD said.
While the investigation is ongoing, Davis indicated it was “not going there with hate crime right now.” She also stressed that although the crime occurred in the vicinity of the UC Irvine campus, it “has nothing to do with UCI,” the Los Angeles Times reported.
“I’m confident someone’s gonna come forward at some point” to identify him, Davies added, noting that the video clearly captures the suspect’s face.
Following a brief altercation, the suspect fled the scene in a four-door white 2006-2012 Nissan Sentra with a spoiler, according to police.
Campus sexual assault impacts countless students every year. Although statistics indicate the prevalence of college sexual assaults, many survivors choose not to come forward and report incidents. Due to underreporting, published statistics might actually represent a significant undercount in terms of how frequently sexual violence in college actually occurs.
As Dordulian Law Group’s partner organization RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) notes:
Additionally, the following campus sexual assault statistics have been confirmed:
How a survivor chooses to proceed after a college campus sexual violence incident is a very personal decision. While criminal charges may be filed against a sexual perpetrator, civil claims are also an option for California victims.
California AB-2777 or the Sexual Abuse And Cover-Up Accountability Act was passed in 2022 and currently provides a three-year window for any adult survivor of sexual assault to file a civil lawsuit and potentially recover financial compensation.
Between January 1, 2023 and December 31, 2026, any claim seeking to recover damages suffered as a result of a sexual assault or other inappropriate conduct, communication, or activity of a sexual nature may now be filed under AB-2777.
Additionally, AB-2777 revives claims involving cover-ups for a one-year window – from January 1, 2023 to December 31, 2023. For a claim to qualify under the cover-up section of the bill, the survivor would have to allege all of the following:
Sexual assault civil lawsuits are typically filed in an effort to recover applicable damages for survivors, such as:
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