Be the change; 10,000 strong against sexual assault at JMU
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James Madison University

Be the change; 10,000 strong against sexual assault at JMU

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      Justice for Sarah

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Three fraternity brothers at James Madison University sexually assaulted a female classmate, filmed the event, and distributed the video to their friends. The University responded to the ordeal by banning the men from campus... after they graduate. 

 

As members of the community, it is our responsibility to express our opinion that this is not a just sentence. We will no stand idly by as our friends are attacked and then humiliated by the attackers who walk away with a slap on the wrist. The survivor left the school, and understandably so. She was shown no support by the verdict that would have forced her into a situation where she could see the men who abused her on a daily basis, compromising her safety. 

This woman came forward and sought help from the administration, a very rare and brave act from the survivors of an attack. Despite the video evidence, they sentenced the men to expulsion after graduation. It has become our duty to step in and continue to fight for her rights. She has the right to an education in an atmosphere in which she feels safe from predation. She has the right to the support of her peers, as well as the faculty and staff. She has the right to walk into a classroom without fear. She has the right to know that campus security will protect her and remove those who threaten her wellbeing. 

 

We, the students of JMU want justice. We do not want to live in fear that the men we see on our campus and in our classrooms are violent and cruel. We are a community and we protect the members of our community from harm, both physical and psychological. We will not be afraid, because we will remove all threats and create a safe learning environment. We will stand up and protect each other when the institution has failed.. We want our home and our school to be a safe place, free from predation. We want predators to know that their behavior is not acceptable. We do not want to be the kind of school who makes the wrong decisions in regards to moral issues and has to have the federal government investigate. We want a zero tolerance policy. Most importantly, we want the women on our campus to feel safe and supported. We support you, Sarah.

 

At JMU we are told to "Be the change..." This is the change we want to see. 

 

*Picture is screen captured from Jmu.edu

To:
James Madison University, President and Administration
"Be the change you want to see in the world." End sexual assault on campus.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 12,500 signatures
    2. 10,000 Strong

      We have reached 10,000 signatures in support of ending sexual violence within the James Madison Community. It is important to recognize that while the people clearly want justice, the institution is still discriminating against survivors of sexual assault in favor of their abusers. We have reached our goal, shared opinions and personal stories, and let the women at our school know that we are on their side. The war against women isn't over and we need to continue fighting for justice and making sure every voice is heard. We can hold the guilty accountable and prevent this from happening to anyone else. Although we can technically "declare victory" in regards to the petition, it will remain open to accepting more signatures until there is no longer a need to lobby for equality and safety. Never let fear stop you for standing up for what's right. Be the change you want to see in the world.

    3. Reached 10,000 signatures
    4. 1200 strong!

      The "Reasons for Signing" are really powerful.

    5. Reached 1,000 signatures
    6. The Huffington Post article

      Frat Brothers Who Filmed Themselves In Sexual Assault Expelled 'After Graduation'

      Posted: Print Article James Madison University punished three fraternity members for sexually assaulting a female student and sharing their video of the attack by banning them from campus -- after they graduate.

    7. University response to media reports about sexual assault

      University response to media reports about sexual assault

      University response to media reports about sexual assault Over the past few days, there have been media reports about a James Madison University student who filed a complaint under the university's student judicial process involving an incident of sexual assault / harassment, and a subsequent complaint filed with the U.S.

    8. Reached 500 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Lori Birrell EDINBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 3 months ago

      They should be banned and humiliated, disgusting individuals.

      KARMA RULES. Believe me!

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    • Mansukhlal Shah EDGWARE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 3 months ago

      Sexual violence is a crime

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    • Clinton James BRONX, NY
      • 3 months ago

      I do not know much on the subject however a person should not have themselves filmed and recorded after being sexually assaulted. If attempted rape is not enough, filming and humilation should be more than enough. Her future is in jeopardy because of it

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    • Barb Kruse FLORISSANT, MO
      • 3 months ago

      Stop punishing victims

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    • Tahir Kamal CROYDON, AUSTRALIA
      • 3 months ago

      After they graduate? What kind of stupid ban is that? What...they going to comeback to reminisce where they raped that poor girl? All of the administration should resign..

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