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UCSB Students Say Racy Costumes Should Not Signal an Approval for Sexual Assaults

By John Palminteri, KEYT - KCOY - KKFX Senior Reporter, johnp1250@aol.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 12:46:59 PM CST
Updated On: Oct 29 2013 11:02:56 PM CDT

A group of students is getting together to bring a stop to the sexual assaults that take place in Isla Vista during Halloween. Racy and provocative costumes are often the theme in Isla Vista.

UC SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

A group of students at UC Santa Barbara says  you should be able to wear what you want on Halloween, without fearing a sexual assault.

They are making signs and getting the word out to any student who feels harassed or intimidated on Halloween that help is nearby.

A building on Pardall Rd. will be a "safe spot" and teams of deputies will be patrolling the area heavily.

The "Take Back the Night" group marched on and off campus with their signs today to encourage students to dress as they like, but that isn't an approval for a crime to be committed in the form of a sexual assault or a rape.

Often during Isla Vista Halloween, the racy costumes veer into the area of burlesque or borderline adult, with only a few square inches of material covering bodies.

That's the Isla Vista spirit but organizers of today's event says anyone who gropes, grabs, or commits a sexual assault is committing a crime.

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