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Student Protesters Say IU Silences Sexual Assault Victims

Students pose for a photo they say will be included in their letter to University officials. (Brock Turner, WFIU/WTIU News)

Nearly 100 Indiana University students marched through Bloomington Saturday, saying they’re angry at the administration’s lack of action against sexual assaults on campus.

The group was founded by junior student Ellie Johnson in response to what she says was a violation of her rights under Title IX.

In response, the group has drafted a list of action items they want IU’s President and Board of Trustees to do.

Xakilah Daniel was one of the event’s organizers. She says the cause is personal and plans to continue advocating for victims.

"Definitely, the rest of my time here at IU, the rest of my life," says Daniel. "This is something that happens outside of IU. This is campuses everywhere, and it needs to be talked about and globalized."

In a statement, IU spoksperson Chuck Carney says the univeristy appreciates students' attention to these serious matters. 

"We stand behind our processes which are fair, thorough, and equitable for all students.  In orientation, later on arrival to campus and again in their first year, IU students participate in programming that addresses sexual assault education. IU will continue to lead in educating all students on matters of sexual assault prevention," wrote Carney.

According to data from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, one in five women is sexually assaulted during their time in college. IU’s most recent Clery Report disclosed 15 cases of rape on campus during the 2016 school year.

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