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Students rally for more sexual assault prevention education at American U. after leaked emails

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Some American University students are firing back at an underground fraternity. It comes just days after disturbing emails between members were leaked online.

The emails contain graphic language about rape and sex assault supposedly involving activity by members of the secret fraternity.

The latest protest was a march and rally around campus that took place Thursday around lunchtime. Students are expressing outrage at emails that contained language that is sexist, racist and homophobic.

They are also saying the university is not doing enough to address the problem.

They met at the main quad on campus and rallied, and then they marched.

The uproar over online emails by the secret brotherhood known as Epsilon Iota is spreading even though the university had promised to investigate.

“I saw homophobic comments on there, I saw racist comments on there, I saw misogynistic comments on there, and I just felt disgusted,” said protester Chris Desett.

Student leaders say the university has an obligation to do more than offer online sexual assault prevention education in a section about alcohol education.

“We're advocating for a full section at orientation on sexual assault and bystander intervention training,” said Amanda Gould, one of the leaders of the rally. “A full section because clearly it's not working.”

And they want the school to hire a full-time victims’ advocate and for all Greek groups to have sexual assault prevention education each semester.

They took their demands to the president's office where they were received by the president's chief of staff.

The university's official response posted on its website says "an intense investigation is underway" and that the emails "describe actions that, if proven, represent breaches of both our Student Code of Conduct as well as law."

It goes on to say, "we will take appropriate measures to protect the safety and well-being of all who are directly involved, including victims and witnesses, as well as the rights of the accused."

The university says it is taking these allegations very seriously and plan to use every tool at their disposal to hold guilty individuals accountable.


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