In a rare interview at the Executive Mansion Thursday, Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe said the allegations in Rolling Stone's article on UVA are devastating and painful as a parent to comprehend.
"It's very troubling," McAuliffe said in the interview. "As a parent of five children, it's just, my husband and I, we just can't imagine that our college campuses across the nation and even here in Virginia are struggling so terribly with this problem."
McAuliffe spoke just an hour after her husband, Gov. Terry McAuliffe, called for a full investigation at UVA.
"Earlier today, I spoke to the university leadership and conveyed my deep concerns with what has been reported," McAuliffe said in a written statement Thursday. "We are in agreement that a full and fair investigation must be pursued, and I have called for a zero tolerance strategy to combat campus sexual assault."
"I have asked university officials to conduct a full review of all of their policies and procedures and if decided, to bring in outside experts to assist in this effort."
One of the ways the McAuliffes hope to fix the problem is through the Governor's new task force to combat sexual violence on campus.
The task force is made up of leaders from Virginia universities, students, police and elected officials, who meet each quarter. Attorney General Mark Herring leads the group, which will formulate a plan to address the violence by June.
The First Lady tells NBC12 she is confident future action proposed by the task force will yield results.
"We need action and we need it now," McAuliffe said. "I think like any parent, it's just a sickening feeling that anyone's child on any college campus anywhere would experience that kind of violence. It's just, devastating."