2 Liberty athletes suspended over alleged sex assault
Liberty University says two football players have been suspended from the team after an investigation connected them to an alleged sexual assault last year.
The school said in a statement that football players Cameron Jackson and Kyle Carrington were suspended after they and former student Avery James were found to have violated the university's policy on sexual harassment, discrimination and assault.
Liberty said the three were connected to an alleged off-campus sexual assault in August 2015. The school wouldn't say what role each of them is alleged to have played in the reported assault.
Joshua Farmer, an attorney for Jackson, said in a statement that Jackson denies the allegations "in the strongest possible terms." A school spokesman said he didn't know whether Carrington or James have obtained attorneys.
Liberty University did not respond to Jackson's comments. Instead, they refer to their original statement.
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Kelsey Harrington, Director Of Community Engagement of Sexual Assault Response and Awareness, told our sister station, WDBJ7, that sexual assault on college campuses is nothing new. So many cases are brought to the forefront, because they involve athletes or members of fraternities or other notable organizations.
However, people are now starting to become more vocal about what is happening, which is causing attention and bringing awareness.
"When there's very little consequences and you're more likely to be rewarded for these behaviors, we see this kind of being perpetuated more. I think that while we may see a lot of high profile cases with athletes. Because they are athletes, those cases may be brought to our attention more, I don't think that necessarily they may be perpetrating all that much more than just someone in the standard college population," Harrington said.