Students Rally Against Sexual Violence

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EUGENE, Ore. — Hundreds of students rallied at the University of Oregon campus Thursday, expressing their anger over how the alleged rape investigation involving three basketball players was handled.

Just before noon, students started to gather and very quickly there were hundreds standing together, outraged there wasn’t more action taken after three basketball players were accused of sexually assaulting another student in March.

The ralliers wanted to show their support for the alleged victim. The female student told police she was raped multiple times in the same night by three UO basketball players–Damyean Dotson, Dominic Artis and Brandon Austin.

The Lane County DA is not filing criminal charges because he says the evidence doesn’t prove a crime was committed.

Though the school found out about these allegations almost two months ago, the investigation wasn’t made public until earlier this week.

Students are upset the accused players were still allowed to play on the team and go about their business as usual.

“We need to make sure that we have funding towards these services on campus so that victims feel like they can come out and speak about this topic, and we need to make sure that…there are repercussions, because if people see that other people got away with it, then they’re just going to think that they can too,” said student Kelsey Jones.

Students marched into Johnson Hall, asking the administration why one of the three basketball players–Brandon Austin–was allowed to come to the UO when he was already under investigation for sexual assault at his previous college.

During the rally, members of the UO’s administration came out and addressed the crowd, saying they’re looking into that question. But ralliers weren’t satisfied and say they’re planning on marching on Johnson Hall every day at noon until something is done.

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