Soon, on the SC4 campus, in front of numerous students, an alleged rape will be prosecuted. The crime is fiction, of course, and the lawyers, judge, and jury will be acting.
The mock trial will “raise awareness of sexual assault,” according to Student Government President Dan Wiley, but some students aren’t so sure.
“It’s a bad way to raise awareness of sexual assault,” said student Adam VanBlaricum. “But a good way to raise awareness of its consequences.”
“It sounds like a play,” adds Victoria Knowles, who doesn’t understand how it could raise awareness of rape.
The trial will take place on Tuesday, April 20 between 3:15 and 6:15 p.m. It will take place in the Fine Arts building theater, and attendance will be open to all students, free of charge.
The lawyers will argue their case before the jury deliberate on-stage and finally give a verdict. Both lawyers and judge are local representatives of their respective professions.
The 12 jury members, on the other hand, will be volunteers from the student body, and represent active clubs on campus.