A California high school senior graduated last week holding a sign that read, “Rapists don’t belong @ graduation,” a move she said was to shame her district for allegedly allowing classmates accused of sexual assault to attend the ceremony.
Sofia Rossi, 18, held up the sign as she walked across the stage at the ceremony on Friday at Los Gatos High School, SF Gate reported.
“I wanted to show the survivors of sexual violence in the audience that the school allowing perpetrators to walk at graduation was not acceptable,” Rossi wrote in an email to the outlet.
“We had to hear administrators read the names of student assailants and listen as hundreds of people applauded them. I couldn’t let the survivors watching think that’s what they deserved, to watch their abuser be celebrated as they walked across the stage.”
Rossi, who is a co-founder of the sexual abuse support organization From Survivors, For Survivors, said the group had launched a petition