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USF demonstration today aims to end 'rape culture'

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Published:   |   Updated: March 14, 2013 at 02:35 AM
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Speakers will discuss ways to end a "rape culture" during a demonstration this afternoon at the University of South Florida's Tampa campus.

The "teach-in" is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at the Marshall Student Center plaza.

The Coalition to End Rape Culture gathering comes after two on-campus sexual assaults were reported this fall to university police. The cases did not appear to be related, police said.

Among the goals of the event is to create an atmosphere where rape can be openly discussed. Topics include recognizing the violation of personal boundaries, rape humor and the perpetuation of myths.

"Instead of telling women how to avoid being raped, we will produce a discourse that tells men not to rape and the community not to tolerate it when they do," according to a news release from Tampa Bay Students for a Democratic Society, the event's organizer.

The demonstration has been endorsed by the USF Feminist Student Alliance, the Theta Nu Pi sorority and the Women Federation for World Peace at USF.

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