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‘Rape culture’ fears force change at university in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The University of Texas at San Antonio has introduced a new policy this semester prohibiting students with a confirmed history of violence or sexual abuse from joining athletic programs.

The university said Tuesday that the Tracy Rule prevents those students from receiving sports scholarships and participating in games and practices.

San Antonio Express-News reports that the policy is named after Brenda Tracy, an advocate for sexual assault victims, who reported being gang-raped in 1998 by four men, including two student-athletes.

UTSA has adopted this rule following a recent outcry over what some students call a prevalent rape culture.

Current student-athletes and UTSA transfers must fill out a questionnaire noting any history of violence or sexual misconduct.

Tracy says she hopes other schools will follow in UTSA’s steps.

Information from: San Antonio Express-News, http://www.mysanantonio.com

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