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‘Occupy Cleveland’ Protester Alleges She Was Raped

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Protesters camp out during the "Occupy London" rally. In Cleveland, one "Occupy Cleveland" protester claims she was raped in her tent on Saturday. (credit: Getty Images)

Protesters camp out during the “Occupy London” rally. In Cleveland, one “Occupy Cleveland” protester claims she was raped in her tent on Saturday. (credit: Getty Images)

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (CBS Cleveland) – An “Occupy Cleveland” protester tells police she was raped in her tent over the weekend.

Cleveland police are investigating an alleged sexual assault incident Saturday at the “Occupy Cleveland” rally involving a 19-year-old female student from Parma.

According to police reports, the 19-year-old student was instructed by “Occupy Cleveland” personnel to “share a tent with the suspect due to a shortage of tents.” The suspect identified himself as “Leland” to the woman. The woman told police that after she had thought the suspect went to sleep in his own bed, she slept in a sleeping bag provided to her by the rally.

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The student went to school Monday and told a teacher about her sexual assault incident in Public Square — which is being classified as “kidnapping/rape” — prompting the teacher to immediately contact the authorities.

“Occupy Cleveland” is one of many movements taking place nationwide in the wake of “Occupy Wall Street,” which is protesting against corporate greed.

Emails from CBS Cleveland to the “Occupy Cleveland” movement were not immediately returned.

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