Lawsuit Alleges Sexual Assault During Maine West Soccer Team Hazing Ritual

A lawsuit filed on Monday alleges that soccer team hazing at Maine Township High School included sexual assault.

The lawsuit claims that three freshman at Maine West were assaulted as part of the ritual, which is claimed to have occurred on September 27.  The lawsuit claims that the hazing and sexual assault happened during school hours and was condoned by coaches.

An excerpt from the Chicago Sun-Times article of November 19 titled “Lawsuit:  Sex assaults part of Maine West soccer team hazing ritual” :

The suit alleges that coaches ordered a “campus run,” a term which was a code indicating the hazing should commence.

At that signal, older team members grabbed Romanucci’s client, tore off his pants and underwear, held him down on the school’s soccer field and sodomized him with their fingers and other foreign objects, the suit alleges.

While this went on, the coaches “stood idly by” according to complaint.

Two other boys who are not part of the legal action got the same treatment, the suit claimed.

Both the Des Plaines Police Department and the school district have conducted investigations; however, details of these investigations have yet to be released.  However, a number of students and coaches face disciplinary and/or criminal charges.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources including the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above, as well as the November 20 Huntington Post story titled “Maine West High School Sued For Student Hazing, Sodomy ‘Sanctioned by Coaches.’

Sexual Misconduct In The Air Force

Recently there have been many allegations of sexual abuse and sexual assault in the military.

The Wall Street Journal on November 15 published an article titled “Air Force Combats Sex Misconduct.”

A couple of excerpts:

The U.S. Air Force said Wednesday it is taking broad measures to prevent sexual misconduct against recruits during basic training, after conducting an investigation into dozens of allegations of sexual harassment and rape by instructors at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.


At Lackland, where every new Air Force enlistee receives basic training, investigators found multiple shortcomings in the leadership structure and culture that led to the abuse, their report said. They include the failure to report instances of sexual assault up the chain of command and to discipline instructors who exhibited improper behavior. The report also said inadequate policing of instructors contributed to the problems.

Additional details on the sexual misconduct at Lackland, as well as further discussion on how the Air Force plans to enact new safeguards to deter sexual abuse and assaults, can be seen in the Wall Street Journal article mentioned above.


Girl Abducted And Raped In Chicago’s Lawndale Neighborhood

There was an alert issued with regard to an alleged abduction at gunpoint and sexual assault by six men of a 14-year-old girl in Chicago’s Lawndale neighborhood on Monday morning.

The abduction happened as the girl was walking to school, sometime after 7:45 a.m.

An excerpt from the November 8, 2012 Chicago Tribune article titled “Alert:  Girl, 14, abducted and raped by 6 men” :

The girl left her home around 7:45 a.m. Monday and was walking in the 1600 block of Trumbull Avenue when a older model gray car damaged on the passenger side pulled up, according to a police report. The driver told the girl, “Get in the car,” the report said.

The girl refused and the driver got out of the car and pulled out a “silver pistol” and yelled at the girl, “You got 5 seconds,” according to the report.

The girl was forced into the car, driven to an apartment building, and sexually assaulted by six men.

She was dropped off at Roosevelt and Kedzie ten hours later.

The alert describes the men as black, 20-24 years old, 5’6″-6’3″, 130-170 lbs.  Five were said to have “dreadlocks” whereas one had hair that was short.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources including the Chicago Tribune article mentioned above, as well as the CBS New story of November 8, 2012 titled “Warning issued after abduction, rape of Chicago girl, 14.”