Former Harns Marsh Middle School student breaks silence about sexual assault

Posted at 6:35 PM, Mar 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-30 07:00:15-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- A former Harns Marsh Middle School student has broken her silence about an alleged sex crime that took place nearly 3 years ago.

She claims she was sexually assaulted in the bathroom during school hours. This is the third report of sexual assault at a Lee County School in the last two weeks.

Some of the details of these reports are too graphic to broadcast. Four In Your Corner spoke with Reese Gorski, a counselor with Elite DNA Therapy about these types of cases in the county. Gorski says they're more common than people think, but victims of sexual abuse may be more inclined to report incidents if others like the Island Coast cases are brought to light.

"If they see something like that and see that it's working out okay for that person, they can certainly come forward."

While exposing the incidents will often encourage others to break their silence, Gorski says victimizers will often use fear as a tactic.

"The fear that someone's going to reveal that you've given them pictures or it's going to go to the whole school or they're going to find out about your family will usually keep kids quiet," Gorski said.

Four In Your Corner has reached out to the Lee County School District for comment but they have not responded.