Students that threatened rape permitted to return to university

Woman targeted is "terrified" that men involved in a group chat that included rape threats will re-enroll later this year.

Lydia Morrish
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Why this story matters:

Two students banned for 10 years from the University of Warwick in England will reportedly be allowed back at the institution later in 2019.

In a Facebook chat group reported by the university's student newspaper last year, students encouraged each other to rape specific female students.

"Rape her in the street while everybody watches," read one post, while another said it was "fun to just go wild and rape 100 girls".

Details from the story:

  • Four out of the  five Warwick students who were banned after making rape threats in a group chat are being allowed to return early.
  • Two of the students were banned for a decade but have had it reduced to one year, two were excluded for one year, and one other was given a lifetime ban from the campus.
  • An appeal by the two students resulted in the decade-long ban being reduced to one year.
  • One of the victims said she was "disgusted" at the students being permitted to re-enroll at the university.
  • "I think it's disgusting," said Megan, who told the BBC she was finding it difficult to go to campus since the news. "It's rape culture. Allowing people to behave like this is perpetuating society's belief that 'boys will be boys'".
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