“What are we to do if we can’t feel safe in our spaces where we are meant to be learning?”
These students want more security? What about defunding the police? What about getting the cops off campus?
WTAE News reports:
Pitt students demand change after three sexual assaults on and near campus
Within an hour of organizing a protest, dozens of University of Pittsburgh students were standing together on the lawn outside the Cathedral of Learning, asking for change after three students were sexually assaulted on or near campus.
The most recent assault was reported in the stairwell of the Cathedral of Learning.
“I’ve been the victim of assault on campus, I’ve been harassed repeatedly and for this to happen in a school building, not the dormitory, not the street, in the Cathedral of Learning — that’s the centerpiece of Pitt, the Cathedral of Learning,” said Sharon Bennett. “What are we to do if we can’t feel safe in our spaces where we are meant to be learning?”
Bennett, a junior at the University of Pittsburgh, organized the gathering and is asking everyone to read and sign the petition for change, listing their demands, which includes cameras inside the cathedral and increased security.
“The university does not and will not tolerate sexual assault and misconduct on our campuses, and we will continue to prioritize the important work of fostering a learning environment where every member of our university community feels safe, respected and supported,” said Carrie Benson, senior manager for prevention and education in the universities Title IX office.
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