Jennifer Ann Gries, 25, was arrested on March 15 by officers of the Santa Clara Police Department and subsequently charged with felony perjury. The charges stemmed from her fraudulent claims about being raped twice last year while on the Stanford campus.
A statement by the university said Gries was placed on a leave of absence and that the institution "will be reviewing her employment." According to Stanford's website, Gries works at the university as a housing service center supervisor.
"These false reports are damaging both for true survivors of sexual assault, and for the members of our community who experienced fear and alarm from the reports."
Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen blasted the 25-year-old's false reports as "a rare and deeply destructive crime." He felt for those falsely accused, those who had to look over their shoulders and the "legitimate sexual assault victims who wonder if they will be believed."
Rosen's office recounted that Gries first reported a false sexual assault in August 2022. During that time, she told a nurse at Valley Medical Center in San Jose, California that a man grabbed her while she was in a campus parking lot. The perpetrator allegedly dragged Gries to a restroom and sexually assaulted her.
Two months later in October 2022, Gries went to Stanford Hospital to get another rape examination. She told the nurse conducting the exam that she was returning to her office from lunch when a man grabbed her arm. The perpetrator then forced her into a basement storage closet and raped her, according to prosecutors.
In both cases, Gries declined to speak with law enforcement. Her description of the perpetrator in both false cases matched that of her male coworker.
Both of her sexual assault examination kits were analyzed quickly "given the extreme public safety risk of a potential sex offender." However, the lab results "were not consistent with her story." (Related: Women should ALWAYS be believed? What about these 35 times men were falsely accused of rape?)
It was only during a January 2023 interview with an investigator from Rosen's office that Gries' calumnies were revealed. She admitted to lying about the rapes, arguing that she was upset with the aforementioned colleague. Gries felt like "he gave her 'false intention' and turned her friends against her," prosecutors said.
She had earlier filed a sexual harassment complaint in March 2022 against this male colleague with the university's human resources department. School authorities deemed the allegation unfounded and threw out the complaint. Gries has also apologized in writing to the man she falsely accused of raping her.
Nevertheless, her lies had serious repercussions throughout Stanford. It led to campus police issuing electronic alerts, prompting widespread fear. It also sparked outrage from the student body, which came to a head via a protest in October 2022. Hundreds of Stanford students marched to demand officials do more to protect students.
According to the Stanford Daily, more than 200 students joined the Oct. 14, 2022 protest. Several students held signs reading "We deserve to feel safe on campus," and accused the university of being an "accomplice to rape."
Sofia Scarlat, co-director of the Associated Students of Stanford University's Sexual Violence Prevention Committee, agreed with the sentiment that the school serves as an accomplice to sexual assault.
"Stanford would rather protect [its] image [and] the reputation of rapists at the expense of the well-being and survival of victims of sexual assault," she said. "We will no longer tolerate an environment where rape is encouraged because of their lack of action."
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