While still living with the anguish and trauma of being an alleged victim of sexual assault, a 14-year-old girl from Miami Gardens in Florida now has to contend with the fear of possibly contracting HIV as a result of the abuse she suffered.
Earlier, the girl said she was sexually assaulted several times by teenage boys at Miami Carol City Senior High School.
A few weeks after the last sexual assault she experienced in the hands of the teenage boys, the girl’s mother said investigators have informed her that one of the accused boy’s relatives admitted that he was HIV positive. The boy’s family, however, later took back such claim.
The victim’s mother continues to worry. She said: “She also told me that this kid was sexually active around 12, 13 years old, so there could be more girls out there that don’t know they are infected.”
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The girl narrated that in two of the incidents of sexual assault, she was pressured into the act but made it clear she was suffering from discomfort. She shared: “He was holding onto my sweater really tight and I was trying to leave to get back to class, and he just kind of pulled me into the restroom.”
The mother also said that her daughter told a teacher about the incident and described how she was led into a bathroom stall, and she had cried about what happened.
The girl shared: “I was so shocked and I was kind of traumatized, and I was scared in that moment that when I was in the restroom with him, I was never going to leave.”
A representative from the Miami-Dade County Public Schools said in a statement that school administrators, along with Miami-Dade Schools Police, are “thoroughly investigating.” The statement also said that information regarding the case has been provided to the State Attorney’s Office, as well as the Department of Children and Families.