William Monroe student suspended after she reports being raped

GREENE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- On the same day that students at William Monroe High School in Greene County protested a beloved teacher’s firing, another student is speaking out about a far more serious allegation: a sexual assault that she says occurred on school grounds during the school day.

"On Sept. 11 of 2018, I was raped by a student," said William Monroe junior Gaby Vazquez.

CBS19 typically does not name victims of sexual assault, but Vazquez wanted her name used in this story. She asked that her face not be shown in a televised report.

She says she went to a back stairway at the school with a male student with whom she’d been friends for about a month. There, she says, he sexually assaulted her. Instead of support from the school after her rape report, she was suspended.

Vazquez says the shock of the assault made it hard for her to process or remember the details.

“I didn't really know what had happened," she said.

She didn't report the assault to the police or the school, but she did tell someone.

"I told a friend, and either she reported it or someone overheard us and they reported it to their mother, and their mother called the school," Vazquez said.

Vazquez says she was brought in to speak with a school counselor and school resource officer.

"They told me it was a safe space, and I could talk about what happened," she recalled.

Vazquez says she gave a school administrator a message she received from her alleged attacker.

"I showed her a text message that the guy sent, like, the day after where he actually said, ‘I raped you,’” he said. CBS19 has not seen that message, but an adult with knowledge of the case confirms its existence.

Vazquez also spoke with law enforcement, but she says that investigation ended without an arrest.

"They basically just told me that there wasn't enough evidence," she said.

Greene County Sheriff Steve Smith declined to comment. Greene County Superintendent Andrea Whitmarsh did not return CBS19’s call.

Vazquez says things got worse at school. In a second meeting with school officials, she says she was interrogated by administrators with one “kind of accusing me of lying the entire time," she said.

Soon after that meeting, she was taking a test when an administrator came into the room.

"She tells me I’ve been suspended for 10 days," she said.

Vazquez says she later spoke with a second student who said she had been raped by the same male student after Vazquez had reported her assault.

She blames the school.

"Another girl had to suffer, and she didn't need to,” she said. “If they had listened to me the first time, she would probably be okay."



 
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