Students gather to protest alleged rape incident at ASU

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ASU students staged a silent protest in March over the university's handling of rape allegations against two football players. (File photo: Monte Mitchell/JOURNAL)

BOONE, N.C. — About 125 Appalachian State University students lined a brick walkway Friday afternoon in silent protest against how the university has handled allegations against two football players accused of rape.

Some students held signs saying, “Blame Perpetrators, Not Victims” and “End Rape Culture.” Others wore black tape across their mouths, with a message spelled out in gold letters, “No Equal. No More.”

“No Equal” is the marketing campaign of ASU Athletics.

Sophomore Melissa Dicus, from Baltimore, held a sign saying, “If it was your daughter, would you be silent?”

“I think if you can get the word out to keep it from happening again, that’s important,” she said. “This isn’t an issue that should be silenced.”

This article was written by Monte Mitchell and originally appeared in The Winston-Salem Journal. Click here to read more.