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Brenda Tracy to ask NCAA to ban sexual assault violators

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In a plight to bring more attention to sexual assaults occurring across college campuses, sexual assault victims’ advocate Brenda Tracy is asking the NCAA to ban sexually violent athletes moving forward.

According to the Associated Press (via ESPN), Tracy and her son will present a petition to the NCAA’s Board of Governors at its meeting Wednesday in Indianapolis. Current guidelines generally allow schools or conferences to hand down such punishments.

It’s unknown what actions the NCAA may or may not take.

Tracy’s son, Darius, started the petition and he now has more than 157,000 signatures.

More from the Associated Press (h/t ESPN.com):

Following Tuesday’s announcement promoting the petition, the NCAA issued a statement that read in part: “She has a compelling story and, like us, is seeking changes on campuses and nationally to stem the tide of sexual assault. We look forward to continuing our conversation with her and other leaders regarding this important matter.”

If you recall Tracy was raped by four men (three football players) when she was a student at Oregon State nearly 20 years ago. She is now a staunch defender for sexual assault victims and has done a few speaking engagements recently—notably at Baylor and Nebraska.

Her speech at Nebraska was especially compelling given that Cornhuskers’ coach Mike Riley was Oregon State’s coach back when she was assaulted in 1998.

Suffice to say, she wants accountability and swift justice handed down to student-athletes who accost women in a sexual manner.

With sexual assault a hot-button topic at places like Baylor, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Stanford of late, Tracy wants to shed not only light on the issue, but have consequences along with it.

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