Students at Hocking College unsettled after sexual assault report on campus

NELSONVILLE, Ohio (WCMH) –There is no question sexual violence has been a big topic at Hocking College in recent days.

hocking college 2A small group is hoping to grow on campus and hoping to put an end to these kinds of acts everywhere.

They met Wednesday night in a tiny room in the Hocking College student center.

They all know what allegedly happened inside a campus dorm room.

A woman police Tuesday that she had been drinking at a party, returned to her dorm room, and awoke in the morning naked and in pain with five men, also naked, in the room.

The students at the meeting, including Sierra Gale, want these crimes to stop.

“It’s just heartbreaking to me as an individual,” she said.”I know that if this did happen to that girl, I can only imagine what she might be going through.”

According to investigators, the rape investigation is nowhere near complete. But these students aren’t waiting.

Bill Smith loves this school. He told NBC4 he doesn’t want violence on his campus, or any campus for that matter–that’s why he organized the group.

“I want to be sure to do whatever I can to really stop it in our community and make sure that people know what’s going on, know that it’s a problem and that they can do something about it,” he said.

Smith said the turnout was good, but this group wants to gain momentum and end sexual assaults on college campuses.

“I thought something needed to be done that could bring everybody together in a positive way.”

Gale said she was glad to see other people concerned about the alleged rape.

“We are all human beings. We all matter and it’s nice to know that people can come together for things that matter.”

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