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Protesters at Iowa fraternity demand it’s abolished after sexual assault allegation emerges

A big protest broke out in entrance of a fraternity in Iowa Tuesday night time to reveal in opposition to an alleged sexual assault that befell on the home a yr in the past. 

Some protesters broke home windows on the Phi Gamma Delta home, whose members are generally referred to as Fijis, on the College of Iowa in Iowa Metropolis and others broke into the home, in response to KGAN-TV Cedar Rapids – however it’s unclear if any injury was finished inside.

The protest got here a day after a web based petition with greater than 82,000 signatures by late Tuesday referred to as for the frat to be shut down. The fraternity’s College of Nebraska-Lincoln chapter was suspended final Wednesday following its personal allegation. 

The Iowa petition claims a sophomore woman was drugged, raped a videotaped by members of the frat final September. 

The Phi Gamma Delta house in Iowa City, Iowa. 

The Phi Gamma Delta home in Iowa Metropolis, Iowa.  (Google)

“I simply suppose sufficient is sufficient,” a feminine pupil and protester who wished to stay nameless instructed KGAN-TV Cedar Rapids. “This has been happening for a lot too lengthy at universities throughout america. Males are getting away with sexual violence in opposition to ladies, and we’re sick of it. We’re the technology that is gonna cease it. It is over.”

The Iowa Metropolis Police Division mentioned in a press release that it takes “all allegations of sexual assault significantly and examine them to the fullest extent potential. Nonetheless, we can’t touch upon on-line petitions. We encourage anybody who believes they’ve been the sufferer of sexual assault to contact the Iowa Metropolis Police Division,” KGAN reported. 

Fiji government director Rob Caudill instructed KCRG-TV Cedar Rapids the fraternity instantly eliminated the accused members final September and started cooperating with the police and the college within the investigation.  

UI mentioned in a letter to the “college group” that the varsity “doesn’t condone sexual misconduct of any sort and takes each allegation significantly,” including for an investigation to proceed anybody with data on the alleged assault ought to go to the varsity’s Workplace of Institutional Fairness. 

Protesters have gathered outdoors of the chapter’s UNL home for the final week for the reason that separate allegation of a sexual assault on Aug. 23 surfaced. 

A 17-year-old feminine pupil reported the alleged assault by a 19-year-old pupil at the home to the Lincoln Police Division final week, in response to the Lincoln Journal-Star. 

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The UNL chapter was placed on probation in 2015 for alcohol-related offenses and suspended from 2017 to 2020 over alleged sexual misconduct, the newspaper reported. 

The Nebraska protesters have been additionally calling on the college to close the frat down. 

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