Demonstrators gathered outside the Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office building on Franklin Street to protest the Title IX process following the release of the office's decision that UNC football player Allen Artis did not violate the University's policy on sexual assault.
Protestors held signs and passed out pamphlets with information on sexual assault to people walking along Franklin Street, asking them to help end sexual assault on UNC’s campus. Organizers wrote a letter to the EOC Office expressing their grievances toward the Title IX investigation process, which received over 100 signatures during the demonstration. They then read the letter aloud and delivered it to the EOC Office at the end of the protest. The group is hoping to gain more signatures on their online petition.
Junior Sammie Espada, one of the organizers of the protest, said the event was informal and more about having one-on-one conversations with people. She said she wants survivors to know that the University is a safe space to talk about their experiences on campus and know they can still seek justice.
“The main thing I want to see is (the University) saying 'We hear you, and we’re acknowledging a bigger problem here, and we will fill this obligation,'” Espada said. “I want to see them reacting to our grievances and actually doing what they’re saying they want to be doing. I want them to say this is not OK.”