Cuyahoga County

Benedictine senior Jerome Baker, St. Edward senior Alex Stump, Judge Dick Ambrose lead high school pledge against sexual assault and violence


Cleveland – Two of the top football recruits in Ohio, Benedictine senior Jerome Baker and St. Edward senior Alex Stump, led dozens of Northeast Ohio football players in a pledge against sexual assault and violence on women at the Cleveland Juvenile Justice Center on Saturday.

Earlier this month, Baker and Stump invited the other 29 football players that were part of the 31-in-31 series, which highlighted many of the top recruits in Ohio, as well as all high school football players in the area, to take the pledge and help spread awareness of sexual assault against women in light of incidents with high school, college and pro players,including Steubenville High School. Around 50 high school athletes — mostly football, as well as some soccer players — were in attendance, with nearly 100 more there as parents, friends and supporters. The program started late because there weren’t enough chairs in the room.

Other schools represented included John Hay, John Marshall, Keystone, Stow, Trinity, Aurora, Avon and Willoughby South.

The actual oral pledge followed a presentation that featured several speakers, including Ty White of the Whoaman Anti-violence Initiative, former Browns coach Sam Rutigliano, Cuyahoga Common Pleas Court Judge Dick Ambrose, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty, First Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Duane Deskins and others.

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