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Stanford graduation overshadowed by rape case

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>> Sexual revolution! Women aren't objects->> Protestors descended on Stanford University graduation ceremony, as the specter of the Brock Turner sexual assault case continues to loom large over the campus. The case has become a national issue, as the former Stanford swimmer's sentence of six months in jail for sexual assault and a passionate letter by his victim has put the issue of campus rape back in the headlines.
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I'm Reuters Jane Lanhee Lee here at the Stanford University graduation where some students are protesting, calling on the school to do more about sexual assault on campus. Like this group behind me, asking students to wear a sign 1 in 3. They say that represents 1 in 3 women who will have been sexually assaulted in their lifetime by the time they leave college.
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A women's right group, Ultraviolet, even hired a plane to fly over the Stanford stadium with a sign reading, Protect survivors, not rapists, hashtag Perskymustgo, a reference to the judge Aaron Persky who is facing several petitions to remove him from the bench. But during the walk into the stadium most of the graduating students' focus was on celebrating their achievements, and only a small group of students made an issue of the rape case.
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One student even spent time giving the media her view.>> The Brock Turner case in Stanford, they're really being used as scapegoats in the media. And people are being really vitriolic and vilifying the University and the fact that they're using our university and saying we're culpable is kinda disgraceful.
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>> Still, Stanford University President, John Hennessy, called for a moment of silence for all sexual assault victims as well as the victims of the Orlando shooting. And later praised the two students that had stopped Turner, who was found thrusting himself onto a half-naked woman behind a dumpster.