The story with college campuses in general, not just football teams, is the growing awareness of and desire to stop the culture of sexual assault on campus. It is a huge epidemic that has gone unnoticed.
Stories from college campuses usually talk about what people are not doing to stop this — especially from men. And college sports programs have been seen to skate by.
That is why Thursday’s story that Florida linebacker Cristian Garcia actively stopped a sexual assault as it happened and helped identify the perpetrator is so heartwarming and uplifting. There are good people working to change cultures among men and on college campuses.
The story quickly became viral and was met, of course, by universal praise.
Garcia himself appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America to tell his story and get the hero treatment:
— Good Morning America (@GMA) July 25, 2016
Early Thursday, Garcia spotted the suspect with a woman outside the bar in Gainesville where he worked security. The suspect claimed the woman was his boyfriend, but Garcia noticed the woman was limp and he and another employee at the bar stepped in to separate the two. After the assaulter tried to throw a few punches they were able to repel him and have him leave the scene. Garcia later identified the suspect at the police station.
Garcia in the Good Morning America piece credits the strong moral code coach Jim McElwaine has instilled into his team.
What Garcia witnessed was certainly a test for any person. It would have been easy to be a bystander and ignore what was going on. Clearly though Garcia had the courage and the strength to intervene and stop a truly heinous crime from occurring.
He deserves the hero treatment he is receiving.