Chicken-Fried News: Student protests 

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Last week, University of Oklahoma students protesting what they believe to be school president David Boren’s perpetuation of rape culture called on him to resign if he couldn’t fulfill their list of demands.

The students held a protest last week following comments Boren made in an Oct. 3 Oklahoma Daily story about a campus report showing 19 percent of surveyed students said they “had been sexually assaulted at OU.”

Boren responded with statements many students believe perpetuated victim blaming and rape culture.

“We try to really train students about (sexual violence), and you try to also say, ‘Don’t get yourself in a situation where you’re incapable of saying no,’” OU Daily quoted Boren from the Oct. 3 article. “Can we eradicate the problem? Not any more than we can eradicate human nature.”

During the Oct. 11 protest, students demanded “a sincere and public apology regarding both his comments in the OU Daily and the university’s poor handling of sexual violence on campus.”

Further, Boren’s apology must include the phrases “I believe you,” “It’s not your fault” and “I am sorry.”

Demands also included instituting sexual violence education programs, among other things.

It’s telling that these things must still be demanded at all, from anyone, ever.

Boren missed the protest (and apologized for that) because he was out of town supporting State Question 779, but he met with students for “more than two hours” Oct. 12, OU Daily reported.

While student press wasn’t allowed in that meeting, according to OU Daily, Boren told the paper afterward, “I appreciate the concern of our students about what I view as one of the most serious problems we have in America, and that’s sexual violence on campuses across the country, including, regrettably ... on our own campus.”

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