Students, Lawmakers Take Stand Against Sexual Violence at UC Berkeley

By Cheryl Hurd
|  Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014  |  Updated 6:46 PM PDT
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Thirty-one sexual assault victims have filed a federal lawsuit against the University of California, Berkeley. Cheryl Hurd reports.

Thirty-one sexual assault victims have filed a federal lawsuit against the University of California, Berkeley. Cheryl Hurd reports.

Thirty-one sexual assault victims have filed a federal lawsuit against the University of California, Berkeley.

Several of the victims joined Bay Area lawmakers on Tuesday to take a stand and demand an end to sexual violence on campus.

"Neither the department of education nor UC Berkeley have made an effort to address culture of sexual violence on campus," student Sofie Karasek said. "This is not only disappointing, it's dangerous for the students who attend college here."

Representatives Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, and Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo, said assaults against students is a nationwide epidemic.

UC Berkeley's chancellor met Monday night with several survivors and told them changes are being made. The university has added staff to help in the reporting process, but school officials said more needs to be done.

"We are not indifferent to this issue," UC Berkeley spokeswoman Claire Holmes said. "We take it seriously, put resources in place to explain what is acceptable and what is not."

View Cheryl Hurd's report in the video above for more information.

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