San Francisco Commissioner Jon Jacobo resigns after rape accusation

Note: This story contains allegations of sexual assault that may upset readers and survivors of sexual violence.

Tenant rights activist and Stanford alumna Sasha Perigo accuses prominent San Francisco Jon Jacobo political figure of rape a social media post 6 August. Jacobo, who denied the allegations, resigned from the city’s Building Inspection Committee “immediately effective,” he said later that day.

In a seven-page document including text messages, police documents and medical summaries released on Twitter on Friday, Perigo allegedly was raped by Jacobo on April 4. (SFGATE does not typically identify victims of sexual assault unless they have chosen to come forward publicly.)

He wrote in the document: “When I get home, I pull under my blanket and put there for hours before finally taking the courage to tell a few people they love what happened to me.”

“If you don’t know Jon, I guess you’re lucky,” he wrote earlier. “He’s an important figure in the San Francisco political scene and, like many rapists, he’s been known for being a really nice guy.”

In a Twitter sharing statement the same day, Jacobo said, “I believe that every woman needs to be heard. I believe that every victim of trauma needs to be heard, and the process of speaking out is part of healing and justice. And I am deeply saddened by the fund. pain being experienced by Sasha Perigo, which she said I caused. “

He said that “the memory of these events is different than his memory.”

“I believed then, as I do now, that our relationship was completely consensual,” he said. “In April, we tried a restorative process and I will continue to work to understand why and how it feels I caused her harm.”

Jacobo said he took a leave of absence from work and resigned from the Building Inspection Commission “effective immediately.”

Perigo, who did not respond to a request for comment, also wrote, “She has not only pushed boundaries with other women in the past, but has continued to do so, weeks after we spoke,” but she does not provide any additional details regarding the other women.

Jacobo was commissioner of the San Francisco Building Inspection Commission, as well as vice president of the Calle 24 Latino Cultural District. He is also Chair of the Health Committee of the SF Latino Task Force and Director of Community Engagement and Public Policy in the TODCO Group’s nonprofit housing.

Prior to that, she served as California Latino Press Secretary on the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign and served as a legislative assistant to District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim.

Jacobo did not respond to a request for further comment, nor did the Building Inspection Commission, Calle 24, the SF Latino Task Force or the TODCO Group.

In a Twitter sharing statement, San Francisco Supervisor Shamann Walton said, “I think I go out to the victim for her courage and courage to speak out about this terrible situation that no one should ever experience. We must support women who are victims of sexual assault These are very serious allegations against a City Commissioner. ”

“One of the reasons I kept this story to myself for so long is that I didn’t want to hurt Jon by coming forward,” Perigo concluded in his document. “I cared for him deeply, and I will forever be heartbroken that someone I once admired could rape me in that way.

“But moving on means accepting that Jon is not the person I thought he was. I need to free myself from the burden of protecting him from consequences.”

People who have been sexually assaulted can find resources at the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-4673.

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