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Maine West hazing victim speaks out

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

A former Maine West High School student says he was a victim of hazing and he's telling his story for the first time.

The teen, who wants to hide his identity, says when he was 14 years old and a freshman at Maine West, he was physically and sexually abused.

"I was taken down by a few guys--they took me down, tackled me ripped my pants down and tore my boxers and sodomized me," the boy tells FOX 32 News. ""They did it and nothing happened--they acted like nothing happened the whole time…I'd see my coach wink before or after it happened."

The victim says that attack happened at Maine West in the summer of 2007, after he made the varsity boys soccer team his first year in high school.

This victim says the boys who abused him buried his face in the ground and he was unable to ever make out the upperclassman's identity.

He says the second time he was hazed, he quit the team but stayed at the school. He says what happened to him ruined his four years in high school and he has suffered in silence.

"I never told anybody," he says. "I was embarrassed. Ashamed. You know at that age, I was 14 years old and who was I going to tell? My own peers? You know they'd just look at me and laugh you know."

The victim never said anything to the coach but says he always felt he knew what was going on.

The soccer coach has since been fired and four former students have filed suit against Maine West High School and the district.

"I've heard that children will always be children and that's true---boys will be boys and yes they will however, there is a fine line that there is between initiation and hazing which turns into any sort of harmful activity that includes sexual abuse," the victim's attorney, Tony Romanucci, explains.

Besides the compensation, their attorney says they want a national policy on how hazing is reported by students.

Maine West High School officials say in a statement that, "this former student never shared his story with the district." And, to prevent other acts of hazing, students, coaches, and sponsors must sign an anti-hazing pledge.

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