AUBURN, AL (WTVM) – An outside company that hired the drivers for Tiger Transit has released a statement after two of its former employees were charged with rape.
First Transit released the following statement:
Tony Patillo, 51, and James Johnson Jr., 32, were arrested on sexual assault of an Auburn University student.
Patillo and Johnson were charged with first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy.
They have since been fired from their jobs.
Jessica Langley is a victim advocate at rape council east Alabama. She says the increase in the number of victims they are seeing is in due in part to the awareness of rape being raised.
"It's never the victim's fault, it's always the rapist's fault. We are seeing the number [of cases] go up because people are more comfortable coming forward," said Langley.