Athletes 'stand together' with sex assault survivors after players charged

Some female athletes at St. Francis Xavier University have come up with a remarkable response to sex charges against members of the varsity football team.

Soccer players have launched a solidarity campaign with sexual assault survivors, quelling a potential backlash that experts say can sometimes rise in the wake of damning allegations against powerful, popular male students on university campuses.

Sarah Bruce, a second-year student on the X-Women soccer team, says she launched the campaign, called We Stand Together, to channel her anger and spark social change on campus.

She designed a logo with the Antigonish, N.S., university's well-known X on top of a pink circle and the words "end sexual violence," which has been widely shared on social media and is now featured on stickers, pins and t-shirts.

Fellow teammate Emma Kuzmyk, a first-year student and goalkeeper on the women's soccer team, created a poem and harrowing video calling attention to sexual assaults on university campuses.

Late last month, police charged two defensive backs on the X-Men varsity football team with sexual assault.