(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) — Student leaders at the University of Virginia on Monday vowed to find a solution to sexual violence, in the wake of an article in Rolling Stone magazine that detailed a horrifying sexual assault case at the school in 2012 and the way in which that case was handled.
According to a news release from the school, Student Council President Jalen Ross called the article a “wakeup call.”
“Sexual assault is a problem that needs our undivided attention,” Ross added. “Thousands of us this week have committed to responding to this hard problem with hard work and I hope that each and every one of you will join us in doing that.”
Ross, along with Brian Head, President of One in Four, Ashley Brown, president of One Less, and Tommy Reid, president of the school’s Inter-Fraternity Council spoke out about the article on Monday. One in Four and One Less are student organizations dedicated to educating students about and preventing rape and sexual assault on the university’s campus.
Over the weekend, school President Teresa Sullivan announced that all of the school’s fraternities would be suspended until at least Jan. 9, and that all associated social activities would be cancelled.
The university’s Board of Visitors will hold a special meeting on Tuesday “to discuss the University’s policies and procedures regarding sexual assault.”
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