When Rachel Bradshaw-Bean reported an on-campus rape three years ago, her East Texas high school threw her out and police declined to press charges.
Bradshaw-Bean, now 20, says she was raped by a classmate in the band room of Henderson High School in December 2010.
The first teacher she told about the incident, told her to just “work it out with the boy.”
Security footage showed Bradshaw-Bean, a devout Mormon, walking into the band room with her attacker, which was later used as evidence that she wasn’t “forced.”
Officials said the act was consensual and accused her of “public lewdness.”
“I felt like a criminal,” she told NBC News.
She was sent to a disciplinary school for 45 days, along with the boy who had assaulted her.
“I saw him there all the time,” she said.
The boy told other students that Bradshaw-Bean had “asked for it.” She said one of his relatives cyberbullied her via Facebook.
When her mother learned of the attack, she said it killed her.
“It kills you,” said her mother, Colleen Chevallier. “You die. You stay dead for a while. You become another person. I’m not the same person I was before this.”
Chevallier couldn’t believe police decided the rape was consensual sex.
“I was so shocked,” she said. “I thought, ‘They are pushing this under the rug. She’s being treated this way because she’s a female.”
Bradshaw-Bean recently married and says she’s finally happy again after the 2010 assault. She came forward with her story after seeing countless teen sexual assaults in the news. She says teen girls need to know their rights.
“I don’t want anyone else to have to go through what I did,” she said.
“High schools across the country are failing to live up to their responsibility to address sexual assault and harassment,” said Neena Chaudhry, an attorney with the non-profit advocacy group National Women's Law Center. “There’s no excuse."
Only 40 out of every 100 rapes are ever reported, according to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN).
RAINN also reports that only three in every 100 accused rapists spends a day in prison.