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Protesters call for firing of Utah deputy over his role in BYU’s handling of rape case

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Posted at 4:52 PM, May 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-28 18:52:07-04

UTAH COUNTY – A group called "Utah Against Sexual Violence" wants a Utah County Sheriff's Deputy to lose his job.

Members of the group claim Deputy Edwin Randolph helped pass information about the alleged rape of Brigham Young University student Madi Barney to the school's honor code office.

The allegations are one of several in a recent string of reports from students at BYU who claim the school’s honor code system makes victims of rape feel like they face consequences for reporting an assault.

A small group of protesters rallied Saturday in front of the county administration building in Provo. They said they want to send a message that rape victims should not be forced into silence.

“The kind of environment that Edwin Randolph fosters is preventing… it prevents people from reporting, and it lets people who are committing sexual violence go free,” said Danielle Warnick, one of the lead organizers of the protest.

FOX 13 News reached out to the Utah County Sheriff's Office for a response, and they said their chief deputy is handling the case but was not available for comment Saturday.