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Northwestern University Students Tell Of Sexual Assault Experiences During ‘Survivors’ Rally

By Genevieve Bookwalter
Chicago Tribune

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Organizers of the “Stand with Survivors” demonstration at Northwestern University say the rally was to support survivors of sexual assault, condemn recent sexual assault allegations at a Northwestern fraternity and challenge the institutions and environments that facilitate that type of violence.

EVANSTON, Ill.

The hundreds of marchers from Northwestern University were loud and raucous Friday as they rounded Sheridan Road in Evanston, chanting for the removal of a NU fraternity where alleged sexual assaults occurred in January.

But the crowd soon stood silent, and listened with rapt attention as student after student told their stories of being sexually assaulted.

The Stand with Survivors, as the demonstration was officially called, followed the announcement of drugging and sexual assault allegations at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house and another, unidentified fraternity.

The march started at SAE’s Northwestern chapter house and ended about a mile away near its national headquarters.

It was billed as a rally to support survivors of sexual assault, condemn the assault allegations and challenge the institutions and environments that facilitate that type of violence, organizers said.

Some of the speakers, describing their own experiences of sexual assault, said they knew their attackers. Others didn’t.

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