TAMU Assault Victims Urge School to Do More

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More Texas A&M students are calling out the university for mishandling reports of sexual assault.

Aggie alum Meghan Romere says she was assaulted by a football player she tutored, yet found out later the charges were reduced, he was suspended and allowed back onto the field.

“I didn't know about this because as a witness I was not privy to this information,” says Romere. “The way I found out he hadn't been punished for anything was I saw an article on him excited about being this new wide receiver hitting the spring game.”

“I'm at peace with the assualt itself, but what I haven't gotten over and what still bugs me is how the university will not take responsibility for how they have wronged me and other women, they're just ignoring us.”

Romere says the culture of acceptance starts and the top of A&M's leadership, and affects many more women than the dozen or so who have spoken publicly.

“We have I think it's almost 300 at this point, in a survivors and advocacy group, who are telling their stories,” she says. “It's incredible over the last few days how many people have come forward and said I saw your story and that happened to me too.”

Texas A&M did not respond to requests for an interview, but issued a statement saying federal privacy law prevents the university from commenting.

Texas A&M investigates every claim of sexual misconduct. When violations are confirmed, sanctions are imposed in all cases. A conduct review panel comprised of staff members determines sanctions on a case-by-case basis in consultation with all parties. All persons involved have the right to appeal.”

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