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TX State student hopes article will change college rape culture

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Brandon Sams doesn't know Maggie, but he does know girls like her.

"It was, you know, a little grab here, a little touch, maybe even an unwarranted kiss," said Sams. "They feel like, oh, that's their way of complimenting me."

Some might consider his opinion piece about the "college rape culture" in the Texas State University Star newspaper controversial.

Sams added, "Greek life kind of perpetuates the culture, I feel like, the rape culture."

In the article, Sams writes, "hearing boys speak arrogantly about their sexual exploits while belittling rape and sexual assault is more than irritating."

"Sexual violence is commonplace among frats and Greek life and I just think that's something that needs to be addressed. People may not like to talk about it," Sams said.

Sams says he's not afraid to speak up about the rape culture on college campuses because the call to action could help any one of his classmates.

"They're like maybe I shouldn't report it because it's the popular guy, the really cute guy or the rich guy," Sams said.

"If it was me, I'd report it, especially if it's a sexual assault or something like that. I'm gonna report a date rape, that's ridiculous," student Ciara Drew said.

Student Lorena Lizardo added, "But then again, I guess, you don't want to get other people in trouble or for you to look bad."

"A couple of friends I've actually had to pull them away, going, no, they're good and tried to shoo the people away," student Ryan Perry said.

Reps with the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault say the number of reported incidents on college campuses are disproportionate compared to community clinics.

"If you go to the clinic on campus, there's no telling, there may be somebody working there. There may be other people in the waiting room and you know you feel like, I'm embarrassed, I'm ashamed," Sams said. "They shouldn't be afraid to report it because these people aren't going to learn unless you challenge them."

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