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Posted: Thursday, November 2, 2017 12:49 pm

Following an announcement from Arkansas State University last Friday that three individuals had alleged dating violence and sexual assault against a yet-unnamed suspect, the A-State Young Democrats released a “Survivor’s Bill of Rights” early Monday morning.

The suspect has been banned from campus, and the Title IX Office is investigating the cases.

“The number of sexual assaults that occur on our campus (paired with the

lack of action from campus leadership and community) is unacceptable,” the group stated in a Facebook post.

According to the annual Safety Report for 2016 released earlier this month by

A-State, forcible sex offenses nearly quadrupled from the previous year, rising from two to seven.

Proposed suggestions in the Bill of Rights posted by the Young Democrats include online courses in sexual assault prevention; an increase in the amount of emergency poles; information on sexual assault resources; and that notices of

sexual assault are sent through the Emergency Alert System.

Currently, campus security notices concerning sexual assault are posted at dorms, fraternities, sororities, and in the Student Union.

Associate Vice Chancellor for Marketing and Communications Bill Smith said the protocol for posting these notices have to do with the location where the incident occurred and whether the suspect is a continuing threat to the campus.

Smith said that because the alleged offender in this incident was known to the

victims, it did not warrant an alert through the Emergency Alert System.

Smith acknowledged the Bill of Rights posted by the Young Democrats, and said

that the input of students is welcome.

“Some of the items that are in that statement are items that are being worked on or looked into now,” Smith said.

The Young Democrats say the document’s purpose is to outline what needs to be changed on campus in order to support survivors of sexual assault.

“While we realize this will not solve all problems, it is a start,” the post read. “It is our hope that the A-State community, as well [as] its leadership, will join us in fighting for survivors on our campus.”

Chancellor Kelly Damphousse reached out to the organization via Facebook to discuss the post.

To read the full Bill of Rights posted by the Young Democrats visit their Facebook page, A-State Young Democrats.

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