Two star football players in Steubenville, Ohio were found guilty of s*xually assaulting a 16-year old girl who was drunk on the night of the incident. The boys put their fingers into the woman’s private parts, which is a violation of the law in Ohio.
Judge Thomas Lipps announced the convictions of 17-year old Trent Mays and 16-year-old Ma’lik Richmond, who were tried as juveniles. Both of the boys were tried without a jury and the trial was moved quickly through the weekend.
The boys may be put in jail until they reach the age of 21. The trial gained national attention because of text messages, pictures and videos related to the incident that were widely circulated. The boys claim that the woman gave her consent, but prosecutors were saying that she was too drunk to have truly agreed to the events that happened on the night in question.
The case also brings to light the dangers of extreme alcohol consumption. The boys had been drinking, which likely impaired their judgment. Also, many of the victims of this kind of assault are made vulnerable due to unhealthy drinking binges. This is a pervasive problem in many high school and college campuses across the country.
The question then becomes: If you’re too drunk to know what you’re doing, at what point have you not given true consent?