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Local fraternity works to reduce sexual assaults on campus

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -

Members of an area fraternity are spending this week working to reduce the number of sexual assaults - not just on their own campus, but on college campuses all over the country.

The group is spending this week working to raise awareness and try and reduce the number of sex crimes on campus.

Members of UNI's Sigma Phi Epsilon chapter are using a seesaw to try to prove a point that sexual assault can happen anytime of day.

"We're not gonna stop it. That's the reason for the seesaw. It's 24 hours. It's going to happen all the time. We're just trying to take a step to decrease it," said member Ryan Biegger.

It's no party for the fraternity members but serious business as they try to raise awareness about sexual assault on campus, reduce the risk, and raise money to help victims.

"Being a fraternity, it's always a negative aspect about joining one, about being in the news for that kind of thing but we want to shed the light and be the positive side and be the first ones to be out there and put our face out and say we're gonna take a stand and stop this from happening," said Biegger.

Whether it's handing out teal ribbons, seesawing through the night, or framing their faces for a picture, this group is leading by example - whether they know it or not.

"When you talk about young males engaging a whole campus in sexual assault awareness and prevention, it's tremendous. That's how we're going to have an effect on decreasing the number of sexual assaults on campus and end sexual assaults in the end, it takes men to make this go away and these guys are becoming leaders in that," said Cedar Valley Friends of the Family executive director Ben Brustkern.

"We're just one fraternity trying to take a stand but we want to prevent this everywhere," said Biegger.

More events are planned this week, their goal is to raise $5000 to give to Cedar Valley Friends of the Family to help local sexual assault victims.

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