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Men Demand Justice for Alleged Sex Abuse

The victims all said they filed complaints about the alleged abuse with the Maine Attorney General's office years ago

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    Men Demand Justice for Alleged Sex Abuse
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    Rick Alexander identifies himself as belonging to the small percentage of male rape victims in the U.S. Of all those who actually report, only 10 percent are men or boys.

    "I've got post traumatic stress disorder from this. I'm basically a rape victim, but I'm a male," he said.

    Alexander and other Maine men who are claiming to have suffered sexual abuse by now-retired Biddeford Police officers demanded accountability at a city council meeting Tuesday night.

    The victims all said they filed complaints about the alleged abuse with the Maine Attorney General's office years ago.

    Alexander said he was 13 years old when a Biddeford Police officer first molested him.The officer was a friend of the family, he said, and the abuse continued over several years. He alleges that he was handcuffed, slapped and sodomized.

    He kept the alleged rape a secret for 15 years before he reported it.

    "When I smell cut grass in the morning, when people mow their lawns, that brings me back to being sodomized because my head was in the grass while I was being sodomized," he said.

    When he did report it 13 years ago, he said nothing happen. He's leading a charge again, hoping for some justice.

    Biddeford Mayor Alan Casavant read a prepared statement at the council meeting and said the city takes the allegations very seriously. Those allegations have been forwarded to the Attorney General's office, but said that they are prohibited by statute from commenting on any investigation.

    "The city's inability to comment on the current process should not be construed to suggest that the city is minimizing the claims that have been made," said Casavant.

    The alleged rapist has since retired from the force and reportedly no longer lives in Maine.

    Alexander is encouraging others to contact the Maine Attorney General if they have any additional information.

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