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Not On My Campus comes to UT

Words By Jacob Kerr, Video By Jewel Sharp and Megan Breckenridge

Not On My Campus from Megan Breckenridge on Vimeo.

A student movement aimed at preventing sexual assault has been gaining steam at college campuses around the country. And now, it has arrived at UT.

NOMC handIn late March, three students launched Not On My Campus at UT before the start of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The campaign first started more than a year ago at Southern Methodist University and has been spreading to other colleges in the state and the country.
“This issue has been present on campus for a while, and it was never talked about. It was never a topic of conversation,” said Caroline Bennett, Not on My Campus volunteer and UT senior. “Actually after all the success we’ve had in bringing awareness to the issue, we now realize just how big of a problem it was.”

According to the UT Counseling and Mental Health Center, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men are victims of sexual assault. Furthermore, 80 percent of rapes occur before age of 25.
As part of the campaign, the group has been encouraging students to sign a pledge vowing to help end sexual assaults on campus. According to Bennett, the pledge has more than 1,600 signatures.NOMC Names
“That’s going to be one of ongoing initiatives and goals is to continue getting more signatures,” Bennett said.

Using social media, the campaign has passed along its message by posting photos of supporters writing “Not on My Campus” on their hands. Participation hasn’t been limited to just students, even UT President Bill Powers took part.

“It’s been able to show people what our message is,” said Meredith McDonald, Not On My Campus volunteer and UT freshman. “This is kind of like a stop sign. We want to stop sexual violence.”


Not On My Campus has partnered with other campus groups working to prevent sexual assault such as Be Vocal and Voices Against Violence, which offers resources to students.Last month, an organization, "Not on My Campus" was formed at UT. Representatives from the group attended the event.

“They have given us so much support,” Bennett said. ”We really like that our message aligns with their efforts and all that they have done thus far on campus.”

While the group has plans going forward to offer self-defense classes and support legislation in line with its goals at the Texas State Capitol, McDonald reiterated that main goal is to make UT a safer place to be.

“I’m hoping that we are able to build a more safe and aware campus,” volunteer Meredith McDonald said.


Take the Not On My Campus pledge here


APD uses new approach to tackle drug market in East Austin

By: Jacob Kerr, Judy Hong, Becca Gamache & Carola Guerrero De León

Mission Possible Austin is home to the Drug Market Intervention Program on 12th and Chicon St. Photo by Becca Gamache

Mission Possible Austin is home to the Drug Market Intervention Program on 12th and Chicon St.
Photo by Becca Gamache

(Austin, Texas) – The corner of 12th and Chicon streets has turned a corner.

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Sexual Assault Cases High But Remain Underreported

By: Julianne Staine, Hymi Ashenafi, Jessica Barrera and Stacie Richard

photo by Stacie Richard

photo by Stacie Richard

Every 21 hours, someone is raped at an American college campus.

Various organizations provided by the University of Texas at Austin seek to support victims, educate the public and provide a safer campus by raising awareness.

According to the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault, over 80 percent of victims in Texas did not report the incident to law enforcement.

Officer William R. Pieper of the UTPD Crime Prevention Unit said several theories come
into play as to why sexual assault cases are underreported.

“One theory that I put a great deal of weight in is that many victims fear they will be re-victimized by the process,” Pieper said. “This re-victimization rests in the knowledge that they not only will need to re-live the event through the investigative process and the criminal trial, but they also fear blaming questions will be asked of them.”

According to Pieper, blaming questions can consist of asking the victim what she was
wearing or how much alcohol she consumed.

“As a society, we all need to recognize that assaultive behavior is not tolerable under any circumstance, and the victim in not at fault or culpable for the assault,” Pieper said.

Rape Aggression Defense, a free course offered to female students, faculty and staff by UTPD, is designed to teach self-defense techniques against attackers.

“The UTPD Crime Prevention Unit also works diligently to review construction programs to help design a safer campus,” Pieper said. “During these reviews, we look at lighting, landscaping, callbox placements and for areas that may serve as a funnel or trap. We then offer recommendations to help create a safer environment.”

Organizations, such as Voices Against Violence (VAV), offer individual meetings with
victims to provide information about their rights and options. Topics of these meetings may include medical concerns or reporting options to law enforcement.

The Power House located in the Student Services Building at The University of Texas at Austin is a resource that provides counseling to the Suicide Prevention and Voices Against Violence Outreach groups. photo by Stacie Richard

The Power House located in the Student Services Building at The University of Texas at Austin is a resource that provides counseling to the Suicide Prevention and Voices Against Violence Outreach groups.
photo by Stacie Richard

VAV also provides victims with financial resources through the organization’s emergency fund, which was started in 2001 with the goal of increasing victims’ safety and coping.

Other initiatives in Austin, such as the Victim Services Division of the Austin Police
Department, aim to respond to victims’ psychological and emotional needs through counseling, criminal justice support and education.

According to the 2013 Austin Police Department crime and traffic report, there were 217 reported victims of rape in Austin. In the majority of the incidents, the victim new the suspect as a family member, a partner or ex-partner, a person from a brief encounter or as a non-stranger.

UTPD’s Officer Pieper said that in order for students to stay safe on campus, they should pay attention to the people around them.

“Walk with purpose, having your head up and your eyes open,” Pieper said. “Make eye
contact with other people, and nod so they know you’ve seen them. And know that most
assaults happen between people who know each other and in areas where you may have
felt safe.”

Cash Cow: Texas Cattle Theft on the Rise

By Emily Alleman, Alsha Khan, Mary Ellen Knewtson and Meleena Loseke


If drought conditions were not enough for Texas cattle ranchers to be fretting about, they can now add “increased cattle theft” to the list.

The year 2012 saw 10,000 cows stolen statewide, up more than 7,000 from five years earlier. This increase is part of an upward trend in thefts observed by Special Ranger Doug Hutchison, who works on cattle cases with the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association.

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“It doesn’t take very many cattle on a trailer to get a handful of money,” Hutchison said.

The thefts have been easy to notice as overall cattle numbers decline. The economy and the drought of 2009 thinned herd counts by about 70 percent, and Hutchison said this drove the price of each remaining cow higher, making each theft even more lucrative. The current average price of an adult cow is now approximately $1,500, he said.

A rustler could be anyone looking to supplement an income, but common culprits include ranch hands stealing internally as well as drug users, Hutchison said.

“More times than not it seems like it is a drug related kind of thing. Sometimes crack cocaine,” Hutchison said. “Meth was usually the underlying drug of choice.”

A specific case that Hutchison worked involved a brother and a sister who stole an estimated 14 cows from the woman’s ex-brother-in-law while he was in Afghanistan serving as a helicopter pilot for the Army.

“That to me, just kind of brings out a whole new low to it,” Hutchison said, “when you’ve got somebody out there fighting for the country, and they’re over there ripping the guy off.”

The ranger said that an informant brought the case to the authorities eight months after the theft, and following an investigative period, the criminals were brought to justice. The sister, who was already in jail on a meth charge, received one more year in prison for the cattle theft, and the brother received probation.

Cows waiting for auction at the Lexington Livestock Commission sale barn.

University of Texas Substance Abuse Expert Jane Maxwell expressed skepticism that methamphetamine users were likely to attempt cattle theft, due to the high visibility of the crime as well as potential penalties, including a jail sentence ranging from two to 20 years and fine of $10,000.

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She said that after 40 years of studying drug trends nothing surprises her, but she also knows the drug scene is rampant with myth and misinformation. In her recent survey of Texas meth users at treatment centers, Maxwell found 56 percent of users had been arrested in the past year. Of these arrests, 18 percent involved theft.

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“When meth users engage in theft it’s an acquisitive crime to get money to buy Sudafed and supplies or food,” Maxwell said. “The cattle could be a big payoff — or more dangerous than shoplifting.

Meth users or otherwise, stolen cattle usually turn up sooner or later at public cattle auctions, such as the Lexington Cattle Commission. At their weekly Saturday auction, it’s market inspector Mark Nygard’s job to keep a record of all sales.

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“Our job is to inspect all of cattle that are ahead of auction,” Nygard said. “We keep a permanent record of every head of livestock sold in the state of Texas and Oklahoma.”

If something comes up missing, cattle owners can call the area supervisors to track down any recorded sales sold them and hopefully catch the thief, Nygard said. Meticulous records make cattle rustling difficult to get away with, but if the cow is not branded, tracking and returning becomes more challenging. Nygard, who also works for the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, said calves and yearlings are not branded as often, making them easy to successfully steal, and can still be worth around $600.

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In 2009, Texas lawmakers cracked down on cattle thefts, raising penalties to possibly include a maximum 10 years in prison for anyone who gets caught stealing. So far, the law hasn’t seemed to deter thieves, but the Texas Cattle Raisers Association will continue enforcing it until the cows come home.

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