Orland High students participate in silent protest against sexual assault and harassment

Orland High School students shared their frustrations about sexual assault and harassment by holding a silent protest on campus.

Posted: Sep 30, 2021 6:21 PM

ORLAND, Calif. - Students at Orland High had a moment of silence and joined together to take a stance about the sexual assault that they say they are experiencing on the campus.

"You are the cause of this,” student Bella Roe said. “This is your fault, and we are not going to stop until you realize that."

A powerful message from Orland High students. Strong words to those who they say have hurt them.

"We get sexualized,” student Marisol Cisneros said. "Girls get sexualized in so many things that we do. We get no support back because it is our fault, we wore that or it is our fault we did that."

Students were emotional and leaned on each other as they cried out for help.

Around 30 students gathered with signs and painted faces in order to promote speaking out about sexual harassment and assault.

"This isn't okay no matter who you are or how old you are or how much power you have in your community,” student Lily Flournoy said. “I am sick of it."

"I just want those who want to speak out, I just want them to have all of the support and everybody to not joke about this because it is not a thing to joke about,” Cisneros said. “Real people go through this and it is a big subject in the world and it is not spoken about as much as it should be."

The principal did not want to speak with Action News Now, but he was reaching out to students trying to address their needs.

He told the students he was there for them, and the school is doing everything they can.

"I think that there should be more support offered and consequences should be taken to the people who do that kind of stuff," Ariana Garcia said.

Students gathered for the silent protest for about 45 minutes.

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