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Alleged Rape Occurs in Front of Onlookers near OU
ATHENS (Ken Hines) -- An Ohio University student told police she was raped along a busy street while at least one onlooker took a picture of the assault.
The 20-year-old victim reported the alleged rape to police on Sunday, after the picture taken by a witness went viral on social media sites.
Police are using the picture to aid their investigation into the incident, which occurred on Court St. at approximately 1 a.m. Saturday.
Claire Chadwick, the founder of an OU group dedicated to changing attitudes about rape, has condemned the lack of action on the part of those who watched the alleged assault occur.
"The fact that there was no one stepping in to ask if this girl was O.K., it's unacceptable," Chadwick said.
The picture of the alleged rape has sparked an online debate about the validity of the accuser's claims.
"She reported it as rape, therefore it is rape," Chadwick said. "We're going to support her as much as we can."
Many of the social media accounts on which the picture was posted have since been shut down.