A big protest broke out in entrance of a fraternity in Iowa Tuesday night time to display towards an alleged sexual assault that happened at the home a yr in the past.
Some protesters broke home windows on the Phi Gamma Delta home, whose members are generally known as Fijis, at the University of Iowa in Iowa City and others broke into the home, in response to KGAN-TV Cedar Rapids – however it’s unclear if any harm was finished inside.
The protest got here a day after a web based petition with greater than 82,000 signatures by late Tuesday known as for the frat to be shut down. The fraternity’s University of Nebraska-Lincoln chapter was suspended final Wednesday following its personal allegation.
The Iowa petition claims a sophomore woman was drugged, raped a videotaped by members of the frat final September.
“I just think enough is enough,” a feminine pupil and protester who wished to stay nameless informed KGAN-TV Cedar Rapids. “This has been going on for far too long at universities across the United States. Men are getting away with sexual violence against women, and we’re sick of it. We are the generation that’s gonna stop it. It’s over.”
The Iowa City Police Department mentioned in an announcement that it takes “all allegations of sexual assault seriously and investigate them to the fullest extent possible. However, we cannot comment on online petitions. We encourage anyone who believes they have been the victim of sexual assault to contact the Iowa City Police Department,” KGAN reported.
Fiji government director Rob Caudill informed KCRG-TV Cedar Rapids the fraternity instantly eliminated the accused members final September and started cooperating with the police and the college within the investigation.
UI mentioned in a letter to the “university community” that the college “does not condone sexual misconduct of any kind and takes every allegation seriously,” including for an investigation to proceed anybody with info on the alleged assault ought to go to the college’s Office of Institutional Equity.
Protesters have gathered exterior of the chapter’s UNL home for the final week because the separate allegation of a sexual assault on Aug. 23 surfaced.
A 17-year-old feminine pupil reported the alleged assault by a 19-year-old pupil at the home to the Lincoln Police Department final week, in response to the Lincoln Journal-Star.
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The UNL chapter was placed on probation in 2015 for alcohol-related offenses and suspended from 2017 to 2020 over alleged sexual misconduct, the newspaper reported.
The Nebraska protesters had been additionally calling on the college to close the frat down.