CLEVELAND - A St. Ignatius student said he was raped by another student in a second floor bathroom, according to a report released on Friday.
The alleged incident happened in April, but was not reported until May 15. The student said he was too embarrassed to come forward.
The victim told police he had received text messages from the suspect saying that he wanted to have sex with him. The 15-year-old victim explained to police that he thought it was a joke.
The victim said he was followed into the bathroom and pushed into a stall where he was forced to participate in a sex act against his will. The suspect is also 15 years old.
It wasn't until the student was in a group discussion talking about STDs that he came forward and told his teacher about the incident. School officials said they would look at surveillance cameras to determine what time the assault happened.
The Center for Disease Control reported that one out of 71 men in Ohio have been raped at some point in their lifetime. Most of those men have never told anyone or sought any help.
Saint Ignatius High School released the following statement to NewsChannel 5 in regards to the incident:
"On May 16 a student came forward with an allegation of rape against a fellow student. Our Policy requires any school representative who knows or suspects that a student has been subjected to abuse immediately notify the authorities. That protocol was followed as soon as the student came forward. His teacher went with the student directly to our principal who reported the allegation to the authorities.
Saint Ignatius High School has cooperated fully with the police investigation. Any questions about the status of that investigation should be directed to the authorities.
The care and safety of our students is a top priority at Saint Ignatius. We encourage students to approach an adult to report any behavior that concerns them. As we did in this case, we immediately notify the civil authorities, parents or legal guardian, and offer counseling and pastoral support."
If you are a victim of rape, help is only a phone call away. Call the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center at 216-619-6194. http://www.clevelandrapecrisis.org/
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