Aggies demanding changes to Texas A&M policies on sexual assault

ROUND ROCK, Tex. (KBTX) - A viral social media post has sparked debate on the way Texas A&M University handles sexual assault cases.

A female student says she was raped by a member of A&M's swim team, but the accused student maintains his innocence. Texas A&M did take action involving the two students, but victim says it's not enough.

Texas A&M posted their response on Twitter

Now, a number of sexual assault survivors and advocates are coming forward asking the university to do more when it comes to these cases.

A closed Facebook group called #MeTooTAMU has been created for survivors to share their stories. One of them is the creator of the page, Abbie Hillis.

Hillis started her college career at Texas A&M in 2008. It was during her junior year she says she was sexually assaulted by someone she knew.

"I don't remember most of it. I remember the beginning of the night, and I remember the next morning and how I felt. I was found in ways I shouldn't have been found and proceeded to go to the College Station Police Department and report it to them," said Hillis.

Hillis says police told her she didn't have a case, so she took it to Texas A&M. She reported it to the Student Affairs Counsel and went through a mediation process, which led to the same outcome. Hillis says the university told her she could request to not be in classes with the perpetrator, but felt like they had let her down.

"There was just a lack of people standing up for me, people guiding me through the process, people telling me what to expect, what I should do, how I could best advocate for myself to make the best case that I could have," said Hillis.

The Facebook page Hillis created now has more than 250 members. They've made a petition asking for changes in Texas A&M's policies, including advocating for victims and harsher punishments for perpetrators.

"I want no one else to go through what any of us have gone through. It's awful," said Hillis.

The petition the group has created can be found here.