Police interview transcripts reveal some officers are unclear about even the most basic issues. Did you indicate your willingness? Determining the threshold between very drunk and incapacitated is not an exact science. Further complicating matters is the fact that a severely intoxicated complainant may not remember significant portions of the incident. Biases that cast blame on victims who voluntarily consume drugs or alcohol also result in these sexual assault cases dropping out of the system. Of the few that do make it to court, convictions are not the norm.
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Oct 19, notokay whyididnttell I was 16 years old. I spent the night drinking at a house party with a bunch of my classmates. I drank to the point where I was fairly intoxicated— flirting and kissing a boy I met way back in 6th grade. He was nice to me though, and I enjoyed his company. After kissing for a few minutes, he guided me to the bottom of the staircase that led up to the bedrooms. He suggested we go upstairs — I knew what that meant or at least I thought I did, in my virgin mind.
En route, they stopped at a liquor store and convinced an adult to buy them alcohol. As the evening progressed, a girl in the group, who was then 14, got increasingly drunk, to the point of throwing up and drifting in and out of consciousness. By the bonfire, she and a boy, who was then 15, kissed a little bit.
Former school quarterback Trent Mays, 17, and team-mate Ma'lik Richmond, 16, broke down in tears in the juvenile court after being found guilty in a case that bitterly divided the declining Rust Belt city and had led to accusations of a cover-up to protect the community's revered athletes. Both were ordered to serve at least a year behind bars, with Mays given an additional 12 months for distributing an image of a nude minor. Richmond broke into sobs as he approached the victim's family after the verdict, and was heard to tell them: Supporters of the victim, who had demonstrated outside the court for the four days of testimony, clapped and cheered when the guilty verdict was handed down by judge Thomas Lipps, who sat alone without a jury to decide the case.