Mr. Royal accuser: 'Felt like nobody believed me'

The girl who says Mr. Royal assaulted her clasps her hands during an interview with Eyewitness News on Saturday, January 27, 2018. (WTHR image by Jim Johnston)
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FISHERS, Ind. (WTHR) - The teenage victim of an alleged sexual assault is speaking out after the student accused of attacking her is honored by their high school.

Both students went to Hamilton Southeastern High School.

The boy was recently named Mr. Royal for winning a school-sponsored talent show.

The honor, however, has launched a wave of social media backlash and protests at the school.

The alleged victim says she was assaulted on a date back in September. She and her family filed a protective order against the boy and claim they alerted the school system, but say no action was taken.

“We have uprooted our lives and she is the victim and I have such a hard time understanding that why the victim and the attacker can continue to go on like nothing happened,” said the girl’s father.

They say they are touched by the support in the wake of the controversy. The alleged victim says she wants to share her story to help others.

“For four months I did not have a voice," she said Saturday. "For four months, nobody believed me, and I didn't really think that this case was really going anywhere and I was starting to give up on the idea that I was going to get justice,” she said. “Now I have a chance to have a voice and I know that there are so many girls that he has harassed, that he has assaulted, and they get a chance to get their justice too.”

Fishers Police and Noblesville Police are investigating, however at this time no charges have been filed in connection with the case.