Female UTSA Students Come Forward and Protest Against Sexual Assault

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Forty to fifty students at the University of Texas at San Antonio chanted "change rape culture" and "We believe you" as they marched to the Student Union's annual Light the Paseo on Thursday to protest against sexual abuse occurring on college campuses.

This protest comes after Kimiya Factory and Taylor Waits sat down with KENS5 and came out as the women behind the flyers posted on campus last week.

Factory stated the group held protest as a way of "coming out" and telling the world who they are. This protest was based off fliers the group posted in bathrooms days before Thanksgiving.

"We are the women of UTSA. We are fearless and we want to hear your story. We want to make sure you're safe and your story matters as a victim," Factory said.

Waits added, "The point of the protest was to bring awareness to the prevalence of rape culture and how we all contribute to it. By disrupting such a public space with this topic we essentially got the word across. It was beautiful."

Factory also posted a thread on Twitter thoroughly explaining why the group protested.
Protestors made their way through the crowd on the Paseo chanting and holding up fliers to gain the crowd's attention.

DJ Gumby
, emcee and musical host of the event, was allegedly instructed by officials to turn up the volume of the music playing in order to drown out the protest.

"We were battling with the DJ, trying to chant," said Factory.

The group gathered in front of the performance stage and started to chant "no means no" when UTSA police were allegedly called and surrounded the crowd.

Factory said from there, the protest continued for a couple more minutes and ended peacefully as the group made their way out of the Paseo.

LT Robinson, interim dean of student affairs, allegedly confronted the group after the protest, reconciling with protestors and wanting to speak with them. Factory stated that she and Waits have not talked to Robinson and President Taylor Eighmy yet, but plan to do so soon.

"[The protest] was very successful," Factory said. "We wanted to show the university and show the people there, who even do the same crime, that as long as we're on campus [sexual assault] is not going to happen on our watch."
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