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Frat rape victim: I watched my own nightmare

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  • ‘Sarah’ unwittingly took a spiked drink from her frat party date
  • She woke up to him raping her; the drug made her helpless

Sarah still hasn't told her parents about the night she turned 18. She was slipped a spiked drink at a fraternity party, taken to a back room, and raped on a dirty mattress on a dirty floor.

The perpetrator? Her date. A fellow freshman she thought she knew.

Although Sarah isn't her real name, she wanted to come forward and tell us her story. She wants to give a voice to other victims who won't speak up. And there are lots of them.  

Recent Justice Department numbers show one in five U.S. college women will be raped or experience attempted rape before graduation. Rapes at fraternity houses have been reported this semester in Texas and Montana.

Most attacks will go unreported. Like Sarah's.

She never reported the crime to police. She never even told her family. His crime became her guilt and shame. And she's still learning to deal with the trauma while trying to move on with her life. That's tough considering her rapist is in one of her classes this semester.

"Sarah" shared her story exclusively with HLN's Raising America and has a warning for young women and their parents.

For more conversations like this, watch Raising America every week day at 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. ET on HLN. And be sure to tweet your thoughts to @KyraHLN with the #RaisingAmerica hashtag or join the conversation on Facebook.com.

 

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