‘I can’t tell you what’s in the news’: Students are angry at the school that forced them to speak about their sexual assault
Students at the University of Virginia are demanding the school apologize for forcing them to share their sexual assaults with the world.
The students at VaxVocal School for Young People were given the option to share the details of their assaults with their classmates on a livestream and a few were happy to oblige.
But the school quickly deleted the video after the students complained that they weren’t allowed to share any of the personal details of the assault with the public.
“I am not allowed to tell my story, and I don’t want to tell anybody else’s story,” one student wrote in the video, which went viral.
The video has since been viewed more than 3 million times and has garnered over 2,000 comments from viewers.
“We’re not in control of the school and we’re not going to let that happen to us,” one girl told CNN.
“They should have told us that we can share the information, and if we don’t, then they’re going to make us share all of the information that we don�t want,” another said.
The school says it deleted the live stream because the livestreamers were in violation of its policies and students were unable to consent to sharing.
But Vax Vocal School spokesperson Michelle Lee told CNN that the students were given “reasonable notice” and the livestream was “an extension of that notice.”
“We have a process in place where we can make changes to the video to reflect the school�s best interest,” Lee said.
“It�s an open dialogue and we don��t have the power to tell a student that they�re not allowed.”
The school’s chief student officer, Kevin Rucker, told CNN on Monday that students are free to share with their friends and other community members, but they should not be forced to do so.
“As a school, we don,t want to see a situation like this happen again,” Rucker said.
He also said that the school has no plans to make the video public.