Mar 09, 2017

Fox 7 Austin

Local leaders gather at UT to educate students on how to advocate lawmakers regarding sexual assault

The "Texas Association Against Sexual Assault reports one in five women and one in 16 men will be sexually assaulted while attending college.  Even more staggering is only 9% of sexual assaults on the University of Texas campus are even reported. Students and lawmakers are hoping to make change.

Local leaders, multiple lawmakers, and advocacy groups all gathered Thursday night at the University of Texas to talk to students from across the state regarding sexual assault and bills currently going through the legislative process. They are hoping to help the students learn how they can step forward and be a part of the solution to ending campus sexual assault. Former Senator Wendy Davis was one of those who spoke at the event, “There's so much work to be done to make sure that when students are coming forward with legitimate claims of sexual assault that they are being heard, that their cases are being addressed and that we are not protecting their assailants but we are doing everything we can to create a real safe campus for our students.”