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Yes ALL Daughters protest sees high school students speak out against rape culture

Kim Wright, one of the protesters, said one of the victims faced bullying by other students when she tried to come back to school after reporting the rape.

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Aileen Graef
Yes ALL Daughters protests in Norman, Okla. Photo by Lauren B. Zuniga/Facebook
Yes ALL Daughters protests in Norman, Okla. Photo by Lauren B. Zuniga/Facebook

NORMAN, Okla., Nov. 24 (UPI) -- A group of Norman High School students walked out of class Monday morning to protest the district's response to rape and bullying accusations against students.

The protest campaign, known as Yes ALL Daughters, began after three girls at the high school were allegedly bullied after being allegedly raped by the same male student.

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There is an unverified video of one of the assaults and an alleged audio confession floating around on social media.

Kim Wright, one of the protesters, said one of the victims faced bullying by other students when she tried to come back to school after reporting the rape.

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"She was verbally attacked when she walked into school," said Wright. "It was a group of girls who threatened her. She had just made it to the doors on her first day back."

The identities of the accused and the victims are being withheld as it is a sexual assault case involving minors.

"We are investigating, and hopefully we can resolve it," said Norman Police Department Captain Tom Easley. "My heart goes out to them and my heart goes out to them if the allegations are true. But if the allegations are true and there's the evidence to back it up, then we will be thinking along the lines of possession and distribution of pornography and perhaps even child pornography if we can establish that a juvenile is involved."

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The group outlined its demands for the school district to change its policies regarding these types of cases.

The demands include making sure students feel safe when they return to school, full law enforcement investigations, a full-time advocate for victims of sexual assault, the creation of a notice of victims' rights, sensitivity training for faculty and the implementation of sexual assault prevention education.

It also asks that these changes be made under the oversight of a committee comprised of three students, three parents and three faculty members.

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The protests are expected to last all day Monday.

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