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Hello. Wake Up. Don’t call this an isolated incident. Utah sports camp

      Salt Lake County sheriff’s detectives were investigating Thursday a sexual assault at a high school football camp involving players.
The incident, according to investigators, appears to be more than just a hazing.
The assault happened early on the morning of July 11 at Camp Williams, where at least two high schools, both from Utah County, were participating in a football camp, Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Sgt. Paul Jaroscak said.

He said the investigation was still in its early stages Thursday, but it appeared that some “hard hitting” happened at the camp during practice and some players took exception to it.
Early the next morning, a 15-year-old sophomore from Lehi High School was assaulted by “multiple” people, Jaroscak said.
“This may have been in retaliation,” he said. “A foreign object was used in the sexual assault.”
Detectives described the victim as being “severely traumatized” by the incident.

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. In April of 2024, the Alaska Press Club awarded him first place in the Best Columnist division and Best Humorist, second place.

He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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