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An extreme haunt in Ohio accused of simulating sexual assault on men

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For a few male guests at a Halloween haunt in Ohio, things got too extreme after one of the actors allegedly simulated rape on them.

Sarah Lelonek and her boyfriend Ryan Carr were attending Fright Fest at Kim Tam Park in Akron.

During the tour Lelonek says she witnessed one of the employees at the event dressed in a pig mask simulate rape on Carr. 

“There was a man in a mask standing over my boyfriend, my boyfriend was on the edge [of the bed] and he was being pushed down,” Lelonek told Fox 8.

Carr adds: “I’m walking by the guy grabs me and throws me on the bed. My girlfriend walks over and says, ‘Hey, what are you doing? That’s my boyfriend,’ and he says, ‘Not anymore. He’s mine now; I’m going to rape him,’ and then he started thrusting against me.”

There are six haunted scenarios set up at Fright Fest; three require a waiver which allows the actors to become physical, and three are all-ages with no contract needed. 

The sexual assault simulation took place on one of the "all-ages" attractions. 

Queerty quotes some people on social media who corroborate the accusations, one saying, “It was 100 percent a rape scene." While another said, "They grabbed my ankles and shins and pulled my legs apart and was thrusting while telling me to scream papa.”

Another attendee said her 16-year-old son also experienced the violent act. 

“He said he was thrown onto a mattress by some guy in a pig mask,” the teen's mother explains. “The guy was humping him, demanded he squeal like a pig and then forcefully took his legs and was trying to pull them apart.” She says she works with rape victims and, "This is not something that belongs in a haunted house.”

Owners of Fright Fest said on Facebook that they are looking into what happened as that act is not a part of their show.

Jeremy Caudill, a managing partner of Melanie Lake at Kim Tam Park released the following statement: 

"I was shocked and appalled when I learned about the allegations of a mock rape scene at one of the Akron Fright Fest haunted houses.

We’re still investigating and trying to find out exactly what happened, and we’re hearing some confusing, inconsistent reports. When we know more, we’ll act based on what we learn. But I want to emphasize this point: There is no place for anything like this at our park."

He told Fox 8, "Obviously, rape is a horrible act. Even a mock rape scene has no place as part of any entertainment. And it has no place at our park."

According to Caudill, more security guards have been hired and cameras have been installed. "We want to donate portions of our proceeds from the following two weekends to the Rape Crisis Center of Medina and Summit Counties. I will be getting in touch with leaders there to organize that donation."

Carr thinks the actor who played out the simulation is disturbed. 

“They are probably someone who is like sick and twisted and they get off by doing that because,” he says. “I can’t think of another reason to do that.”