Schools often punish victims who report sexual assault

The girl reported that during school hours the day before, a 17-year-old senior had forced her to perform oral sex in a car in the school parking lot, according to a police report..Because the girl was younger than 16, she was not able to legally consent to sex under Michigan state law. But the boy was never charged: The Macomb County prosecutor denied a request for an arrest warrant, citing “prosecutor discretion, consensual act.”

The school suspended both students. The boy was allowed to graduate. Goodman’s daughter was expelled for 180 days and is being homeschooled while she tries to find another school to attend.

“I feel like I’m in a prison,” she said by telephone. “I just want this all to be over with. I just want to be a normal kid doing normal things.” [link]

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