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Hundreds of LSU students protest the university's mishandling of sexual misconduct complaints


Hundreds of teal-clad students, faculty, alumni and advocates carrying signs and chanting slogans marched through the Louisiana State University campus on Friday in reaction to LSU’s systemic mishandling of sexual misconduct complaints against top athletes and others, as revealed by a USA TODAY investigation published earlier this week.


Starting at the school’s Parade Ground and ending in the plaza in front of Tiger Stadium, the group of men and women held signs reading, “No means no,” and “Survivors deserve better,” as they shouted, “Keep your hands off of me.”


The USA TODAY investigation found that officials in the university’s athletic department and broader administration repeatedly have ignored complaints against abusers, denied victims’ requests for protection and subjected them to further harm by known perpetrators.


At least nine football players have been reported to police for accusations of sexual misconduct and dating violence since coach Ed Orgeron took over the team four years ago, records show.


Katie, who declined to provide her last name but said she works in athletics with football players, said LSU sent employees a reminder this week to complete sexual misconduct training.


She said the LSU administrators named in the USA TODAY article should either be reprimanded or step down, and the Title IX office should be reassessed to ensure it is “accessible and representative of all students.”






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