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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

UTSA Launches Investigation After Flyers, Social Media Posts Name Alleged Sexual Assault Predators

Posted By on Wed, Nov 21, 2018 at 6:45 PM

  • Courtesy of the University of Texas at San Antonio
The University of Texas at San Antonio is investigating claims of sexual assault after flyers were posted in and around campus, drawing attention to the issue.

First shared by the UTSA's Most Wanted Twitter account, now taken down, the flyers encouraged sexual assaults victims to come forward and name their attackers.

In a pair of emails sent out to the UTSA community, university president Taylor Eighmy announced that the university initiated a Title IX investigation. The UT system has taken charge of the investigation, and hired a nationally-recognized independent law firm, Ice Miller, to investigate the claims.

According to Eighmy, the flyers were left in a campus restroom on Monday. He said the flyers were from a group of UTSA women taking a stand against "rampant sexual assault, and abuse on campus and in the world."

The flyer said women are often left ashamed and afraid after being sexually assaulted. The group of women behind the flyers said they wanted to create an anonymous online reporting system for survivors.

On Tuesday, other flyers were posted at an off-campus apartment identifying alleged perpetrators of sexual assault. That same day, Eighmy applauded the women for their desire to raise awareness of an important issue in an email.

"Sexual misconduct of any kind of is unacceptable, and UTSA must be an institution of zero tolerance," Eighmy wrote.

Brianne Hernandez, a senior at UTSA, believes the flyers were distributed to help bring forth awareness to the cases of sexual assault that may go unreported by students and staff.

"Whether it be by faculty or students, it is a warning to abusers that their crimes against victims will not be bypassed without repercussions," said Hernandez.

Students who posted the flyers and anyone else who believes they are a victim are urged to report such incidents to the Office of Equal Opportunity Services or anonymously through the UTSA hotline.

Those identified on the flyers are asked to contact the student ombudsperson or university ombudsperson. There are designated staff members to make sure the accused receive due process during the investigation.
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