By Joe Johnson
Athens-Clarke County police are investigating a girl’s report that she was raped by her teenage cousin.
The investigation began on Saturday, when an officer responded to St. Mary’s Hospital to meet with a social worker who led the officer to the 13-year-old victim’s room, according to a police report.
The victim told the officer that she had been raped by her cousin, also 13, in June, but did not tell anyone about the incident until that day, at which time her mother immediately took her to the hospital, the report noted.
The girl said on the day of the incident her cousin “forced himself onto her” and after telling him to stop, the cousin pulled down her pants and raped her, according to the report.
The officer noted in the report that she contacted her department’s Criminal Investigations Division, which would arrange for the girl to be checked out by a sexual assault nurse examiner and also to have a forensic interview.
Anyone who has been sexually assaulted or knows someone who has can contact The Cottage Sexual Assault Center and Children's Advocacy Center. The agency provides a range of free services to child and adult victims of sexual and physical abuse, including medical care, advocacy, referrals, counseling and support groups. The Cottage also maintains a 24-hour crisis and information hotline at (877) 363-1912. For more information visit www.northgeorgiacottage.org