UO Groups React to Rape Allegations

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EUGENE, Ore. — Some student groups at the University of Oregon say they will not stay silent regarding an alleged rape involving three members of the UO men’s basketball team.

With the players’ futures with the team uncertain and potential struggles for the team ahead, a student volunteer with the ASUO Women’s Center says she’d rather see the basketball team lose every game at Matthew Knight Arena than someone become the victim of a sexual assault.

A new report by the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault says one in five women is sexually assaulted in college–a statistic that the Women’s Center says is alarming and needs to be addressed.

Both student groups and psychology researchers say with the latest rape allegations against three student athletes, something needs to be done.

“We’ve heard a lot of talk about prevention being important to the University of Oregon, but we don’t see a whole lot of action. It needs to become the priority that it should be because it’s a national health crisis,” said Marina Rosenthal, UO doctoral psychology student.

“It says a lot about our school that it takes so much media attention before things like this are addressed,” said Claire Aubin, Women’s Center Spokesperson.

The UO Coalition to End Sexual Violence hopes to put some pressure on the university. It will hold a rally Thursday at noon outside of Hendricks Hall to show support for the victim in this case and push for a meeting with the university to discuss the student code of conduct and the way the UO handled this investigation.

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