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University Holds Mock Rape Trial for Freshman

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As part of Montana Tech University's commitment to safety, incoming freshmen attended a mandatory mock date rape trial to heighten awareness surrounding issues of sexual assault.

Former judge, and now dean of Highland's College at Montana Tech, John Garic says, "one out of five college women are sexually assaulted during their time at college."

That's just one alarming statistic relating to sexual assault. Montana Tech University put on this mock date rape trial hoping one of its students will not become part of a statistic.

The skit titled Blurred Lines involved three students playing the parts victim, suspect and witness bystander. The student who played the suspect defendant, Zackary Stewart, says he accepted the role to shed light on the harsh realities of date rape.

"I want this to be as realistic as possible I want them to see actually how hard it is if something does happen if they don't stand up and stop it in the process for justice to get done," said Stewart.

Butte-Silver Bow Assistant Deputy County Attorney Kelly Fivey and public defender James Reavis acted as counsel for the victim and defendant. They asked questions as if this were a real date rape case.

The importance of having a bystander was an issue the university wanted to stress.

"I think that a person needs to be there to acknowledge that it did happen and that people are doing it" said Mollie McIntyre, the student who played the victim.

Garic says, "they need to be front-standers not bystanders and if you're a front-stander you can save your friends from the trauma of rape and the trauma of being charged with rape."

Although this mock date rape trial is in its third year, this is the first year they've added the front-stander element.

The audience of students was the jury in this case and they delivered the verdict of not guilty, however it was not unanimous.

 

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