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Students react to sexual assault


By Dan Gordon

Students called the reported sexual assault early Sunday troubling and hoped steps would be taken to prevent another attack.

“It’s a little unsettling,” Paige Marshall ’16 said. “There are things that can be done here to stop it. Walking in a group or watching how much you are drinking. It happens everywhere but it needs to stop, this shouldn’t define us as a community.”

The emphasis on community was something many students felt the need to express. This is the third reported sexual assault at Stonehill since January 2014, and the first of the current school year.

“It is disheartening to know that this is going on. We’re better than this as a community. We shouldn’t let this define us,” Nate Morris ’15 said.

“I’m a brother and a son and it is not fair that women have to walk around and deal with this,” he said.

First-year students students may not have been familiar with last year’s incidents, but many agreed that sexual assault is a problem on many campus’ nationwide.

“I know it happens on every campus, but at least here there is action against it,” Paul Kearns ’18 said.

“I was shocked this happened again,” Taylor Myers ’18 said. “I know this happens on other colleges, but it still makes me extremely uncomfortable.”

This weekend’s incident remains under investigation by Stonehill College and Easton Police.

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