Students walk out of sexual violence awareness event amid alleged mishandling of UR rape case

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – The University of Richmond held an annual event Thursday aimed at taking a stand against sexual violence. Some students, however, walked out of the discussion after they said they did not get the answers – or the apology- they believe they deserve.

Two days earlier, UR student CC Carreras spoke out online about her alleged rape on campus. In an article published in the Huffington Post, she claims the school mishandled the situation and protected the student-athlete she accused.

“An apology at least would’ve been good for the student body to hear,” said one female student, who asked to remain anonymous. “People came hoping it would be a dialogue and a chance to speak openly, but it was a monologue and the same things we already knew.”

Richmond, VA 8News cameras were not allowed inside the event.

“It’s a public issue,” the young woman said. “(The audience) didn’t want a private discussion. They wanted everyone involved.”

The school sent out an email to students on Wednesday saying they were deeply saddened by the allegations, but called parts of the Huffington Post article inaccurate.

In a response early Thursday, Carreras posted a second article to Huffington Post, including screen shots of emails and correspondence with administrative staff as well as her own transcript of a 10-hour hearing about the incident in August 2015.

“The part they didn’t touch on (at Thursday’s discussion) was the articles and emails that went out. They touched on them briefly, but didn’t go into detail,” the anonymous student told 8News after the event. “The way the administration is acting now is going to make people want to go to them less.”

As new details about the alleged rape and the university’s response come out, students on campus are questioning whether their own fears are being heard.

“It’ll be interesting to see how students take to the media now since apparently it’s not that possible in person.”

A spokesperson for the university initially agreed to speak with 8News for this story, but moments before a crew was to meet with her, she declined.

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