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A video was sent around the campus of James Madison University and was put on an online gossip site. In the video, three male students sexually assault Sarah Butters. Yet, these students have not been arrested, charged with a crime, or properly punished.
These three men were punished with "expulsion after graduation". Hardly a punishment at all, it just means that they will not be allowed to come to campus after they graduate, or attend their commencement ceremonies. Sexual assault is a crime -- yet the JMU handbook lists suspension as the toughest punishment, which the men didn't even receive.
It is time for JMU to reform their sexual assault policies. JMU is sending the message that sexual assault isn't serious, and that sexual assault survivors will not be respected on their campus.
Please tell JMU to punish these students and send the right message!
Dear James Madison University,
Recently, three male students were charged with "expulsion after graduation" for sexually assaulting another student. This was documented in a video that was sent around campus and put online. Not even a punishment, it just means that they won't be allowed to come on campus after graduation or attend their ceremonies.
Sexual assault is a serious crime, yet these students were barely even punished, let alone arrested or charged. The handbook lists suspension as the worst punishment for sexual assault, yet the men weren't even punished with that, despite there being video evidence.
This decision undermines campus safety and sends the message that sexual assault isn't a serious crime and neither is the trauma experienced by sexual assault survivors. Please get justice for Sarah Butters and all other individuals that may have experienced this and not come forward on the JMU campus. Change sexual assault policies once and for all and uphold them.
Thank you for your time.