Students march for mandatory sexual assault education at CI

Updated: April 13, 2015 at 10:26 p.m.

About 30 students, including members of Students Against Sexual Assault, marched across campus Monday, demanding that administrators implement mandatory sexual assault education at Colonial Inauguration.

The protest followed the announcement that officials would have sexual assault education in an online-only format.

The protest began in Kogan Plaza, and students walked through campus to Rice Hall, where University President Steven Knapp’s and Dean of Student Affairs Peter Konwerski’s offices are located.

Students carried mattresses and chanted phrases like “This is what democracy looks like” and “”GW stop stalling, rape culture is appalling.” Some students also fastened red tape over their mouths.

Last month, 92 percent of students voted in favor of having a mandatory sexual violence education session at CI.

SASA Co-Presidents Ariella Neckritz and Kirsten Dimovitz and Vice President Laura Zillman met with Knapp’s chief of staff in the building while other students stood outside.

“Thank you for coming out today in solidarity and support for survivors and saying this is an issue you care about,” Neckritz said to the crowd of students.

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