When her 15-year-old son began acting strangely after football practice last year, Misty Cox became concerned for his well-being. Soon after, the school resource officer from Gunnison Valley High School contacted Cox to inform her that her son had sexually assaulted by a group of football players.
Cox spoke with FOX13:
He was embarrassed by what had happened and just wished it would all just go away.
Two boys held him down, a third boy pulled his own pants down and rubbed his backside and genitalia all over my son’s face.
My son did not consent to this. My son was held down against his will and was sexually assaulted. This is not a hazing incident. This is not a bullying incident. This is not a 'boys will be boys' incident. This is a sexual assault.
The school opened an investigation and all three students are facing charges of sexual assault.
During the investigation, other victims have come forward describing at least 13 other acts of sexual abuse according to The Salt Lake Tribune.
The Tribune says Sanpete County Attorney, Kevin Daniels, assures:
The first alleged assault occurred in October 2017, according to charging documents. One assault was reported in November and December 2017, with two in January. One was reported in March and another in June. Four assaults reportedly occurred on the same day: Sept. 17.
Allegations of abuse come from different social circles, says Daniels. It’s not just football players.
Since there are only 349 students at Gunnison Valley High School, the allegations make up 4 percent of the entire student body. Students who are being accused are not allowed at school until the investigation is complete.