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Students Protest Lack Of Sexual Assault Prevention At Cal State San Marcos

A group of about two dozen students holding signs protest through Cal State San Marcos' campus.

About two dozen students marched through the campus of Cal State San Marcos to protest what they say is a lack of preventative measures.

About two dozen Cal State San Marcos students marched Wednesday to protest what they say is a lack of awareness of sexual assault on campus.

University officials say there have been two sexual assaults reported so far this semester.

None were reported at Cal State San Marcos last year.

The students carried a mattress to symbolize solidarity with survivors of sexual assault. They also had a list of eight demands, including one that calls for the school to hire a sexual assault advocate.

Cal State San Marcos officials say students are given information on healthy dating practices and rape prevention.

Junior Jordan Waechter said that’s not enough.

“Of course, people are aware of what sexual assault is," Waechter said. "You’re told what is wrong and what is right, and what rape is. But if these issues are still happening, I don’t think the awareness is high enough yet.”

California enacted a law last month known as "yes means yes" that changes how publicly funded universities handle sexual assault allegations. It says consent cannot be assumed just because someone is silent or doesn't resist sexual advances. The law also says someone who is drunk, drugged, unconscious or asleep cannot grant consent.

As part of Wednesday's protest, students marched to the president’s office, but no one was there to meet them. They left a list of their demands.

After chanting some slogans and tweeting on their mobile phones, students filed out of the office. They said they'll be back.

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