Demand Justice for Rape Victim

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Target: Jackie Lacey, Los Angeles County District Attorney

Goal: Prosecute UCLA football player for alleged rape of young woman.

University of California, Los Angeles walk-on punter Adam Searl is under investigation for rape. The investigation has led to Searl’s arrest, and LAPD anticipates presenting its case against the college football player to the LA County District Attorney as early as next week. Searl’s tenure in jail was brief; the student made his $300,000 bail a few days ago. Although released at this time, Searl has been suspended indefinitely from NCAA play.

Searl’s arrest came after a year-long investigation into accusations made by another UCLA student. On Oct. 19, 2014, a female student approached authorities and reported that she’d met the college footballer at an off-campus party. According to the student’s recount of the events, she at some point passed out and woke up to Searl sexually assaulting her. The police initiated an “exhaustive” investigation into Searl’s activities, and perhaps this is why the inquisition took a year.

While UCLA Head Coach Jim Mora said the school takes these issues quite seriously, one is left to wonder if many others do. Not only is Searl the second UCLA football player to be arrested this year, it seems as if college footballers are following a distressing trend of the violent activity, particularly against women, that we’re seeing from National Football League players.

We cannot continue to allow violence against women, no matter who the alleged perpetrator is. Encourage the Los Angeles County District Attorney to take a long, hard look at the allegations against Adam Searl and prosecute him if warranted. Stop violence against women.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear District Attorney Lacey,

I am saddened by yet another alleged incidence of violence against women by a college football player. It seems as if our college students are emulating their professional counterparts, and they believe that women are objects with which they can do whatever they wish. We must put a stop to this trend now.

It is my understanding that UCLA punter Adam Searl was arrested recently and released on bail. The warrant for Searl’s arrest came after a year-long investigation into the accusations of rape by a young woman. If this woman’s accusations are true, Searl must be held accountable for his actions.

I am pleased that UCLA has suspended Searl indefinitely, but this is not punishment enough for this young man if he indeed sexually assaulted a fellow college student. LAPD has indicated it will present its findings to the District Attorney’s office next week, and I writing to implore upon you to look into the matter fully.

If you find grounds to prosecute Searl with sexual assault and/or rape, please do so to the fullest extent allowable under California law. We must seek justice for this young rape victim. Sports stars, no matter the level of play, do not have the right to abuse women for their pleasure.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Eric Chan

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