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U-Va. Student Leaders Hoping to Foster Culture Change Regarding Sexual Assault

CHARLOTTESVILLE — Student leaders at the University of Virginia said they are seeking to foster cultural and institutional changes to combat sexual assault at the state’s flagship campus after allegations of a gang-rape at a fraternity surfaced last week.

Campus representatives of student government and sexual assault prevention groups spoke at a news conference Monday about their efforts to unify the student body as the administration seeks to make significant reforms at the elite public university. The news conference came days after a Rolling Stone article detailed the account of a student who said she was gang-raped at the Phi Kappa Psi house during her freshman year in 2012.