SDSU students rally against sexual assaults

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SAN DIEGO - Dozens of students at San Diego State University came together Thursday to rally for safety and march against the rash of campus sexual assaults.

In the past month, three sexual assaults were reported on or near the campus and students felt the need to spread the word about the recent attacks.

“There`s no reason why somebody should feel nervous or scared walking by themselves, alone back to their house,” said student Jordan Busse.

The rally comes at a time of increased national scrutiny of sexual violence and amid the campus’ efforts to implement education and support programs.

“I think a lot of students have this idea, of you know scary guy hiding in the bushes and jumping out, but that`s just not what`s happening. These are acquaintance situations, these assaults are happening at parties, and in dorm rooms where our police officers can`t patrol,” said SDSU spokeswoman Beth Downing Chee.

Chee added major steps are being taken to improve the school’s response to the problem.

SDSU has convened a task force on sexual violence to closely review policies and said it will survey students in the next year about the prevalence of sexual assaults on campus and student attitudes and awareness of the issue.

“We want make sure that the dialogue is going, we want to make sure that students know that this is an issue so that they can you know take the steps to prevent it,” said Chee.

 

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