Local football players urging fellow athletes to sign pledge to take stand against violence on women

Two local high school football players are taking a stand against violence on women by hosting a pledge event.

“I see at the NFL and college level that it is a problem,” said Alex Stump, a St. Edward High School senior and wide receiver.

The event is open to everyone. It's meant to raise awareness about the physical and sexual violence that women endure, sometimes at the hands of football players. This comes two years after a high profile rape case in Steubenville, Ohio where two high school football players were convicted of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl.

Attendees will be asked to sign a pledge that states they will not harm women. The pledge also states that they must report anything that they see or hear with regards to women and violence.

“Everyone knows it goes on, I've been fortunate enough not to be close to it,” said Stump.

Cuyahoga County Juvenile Judge Michael Ryan is close to the problem. He said not a day goes by on the bench where he doesn't hear at least one case where a teen sexually assaults a girl or woman.

“I was aghast at the number of complaints we have for rape, sexual battery, sexual imposition, gross sexual imposition, it's startling,” said Ryan.

The pledge event will take place on Saturday at 1:30 pm at the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Justice Center.

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