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Ateneo probes campus rape incident

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By Beatriz Pereña | Published: November 28, 2018

The Ateneo de Manila University has launched an investigation over an alleged incident of rape inside its campus, which went viral over social media.

According to a post published on the Facebook page “ADMU Freedom Wall” on November 24, an anonymous female student accused two men of sexually assaulting her in a restroom inside one of ADMU’s school buildings.

The student alleged she did not know her attackers or how they looked like “because it happened so fast.”

“Rape is a heinous crime and is a grave violation of a person’s bodily integrity and human dignity. No one should be made to suffer such an act of sexual violence,” Mira Alexis Ofreneo, head of the Sexual Misconduct Task Force of the Loyola Schools, said in a statement.

Ofreneo said the university’s administration was “shocked” and “outraged” by the report and that the university does not tolerate any form of sexual violence on campus.

“To the girl who reported, we are truly sorry for your pain and suffering. Our hearts go out to you and our doors are open to provide you a safe space and the necessary support and assistance,” she said.

“If the report is confirmed, we will bear down on the perpetrators with the full force of law,” Ofreneo wrote.

The task force is taking the report seriously starting with the leads stated in the anonymous post and urged anyone who has witnessed anything suspicious in the reported area to come forward.

“Until then, all are requested to remain calm and vigilant, and to avoid any speculation so as to prevent disinformation from spreading,” she added as the security in the entire campus has been reinforced.

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