Yesterday, the Huffington Post reported that a JMU student was sexually assaulted only to find that her attackers would be “expelled after graduation”. Two of her three attackers graduated on time and one will be returning in the fall to finish his degree. The student found a video of her being sexually assaulted by the three men where she repeatedly says “No”, approached judicial and university administration, and yet according to the student “Josh Bacon, the JMU director of judicial affairs, told Butters he couldn’t determine if the video scene was consensual”
This is completely unacceptable. It is hard enough to come forward as a victim of sexual assault, but when there is clear evidence and clear lack of consent and we STILL question the act, there is a problem. Rape and sexual assault are seen as minimal offenses, punishable only to suspension according to the JMU handbook.
University spokesman Bill Wyatt said, “James Madison University takes very seriously any allegation of sexual assault and is committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment for every member of the JMU community” yet they allow attackers to stay on campus and don’t provide adequate punishments for sexual assault?
JMU is the third Virginian university to be brought up in Title IX charges. Sexual violence is a problem on this campus, even when you can’t see it.
We need to stop the cycle of violence and sexual assault on college campuses. The university tells us to be the change we wish to see in the world– well, I want to change the way sexual assault victims are treated on this campus. Step forward and tell the administration that JMU Dukes will not stand for this again.
Sign this petition here to request a change in this decision from the administration.