Aki-con’s Sexual Assault Case

Aki-con, held October 25-27, 2013 in Seattle, Washington, had an incident occur over the course of the convention weekend which has resulted in a massive fallout. A minor was sexually assaulted by a guest DJ for the convention, DJ Victor Malice. He has been charged, with a trial date planned sometime in February.

Apparently, the underage female was drinking with the DJ and he chose to take advantage of the situation. The convention was notified of the situation and the police were called out. However, from the sounds of what took place (and please correct me if I’m wrong), DJ Victor Malice wasn’t removed from the property after the incident.

While this is an upsetting situation, the worst was yet to come. Aki-con released a public statement on their Facebook page, after the victim released a public video on Youtube:

“It has come to the public light thru a youtube video that an underage young woman who was a member of the (cosplay group), guests of our convention claims to have be sexual assaulted by another guest in a private hotel room.

Aki con did in fact know of the situation and advised the young woman and man in question to contact the police. Aki con’s guest liaison stayed with the young woman to aid her when the police arrived to take her statement and the other person’s statement. After that this became a police matter, Aki con has no further information nor will Aki con be releasing information to the public as the persons (underage victim and accused) in question are entitled to privacy. Aki con advises all attendees to make good choice, stay with friends and trust loved ones. Aki con has rules against underage drinking and drug use but Aki con can’t control what attendees or guests or even other guests of the venue do in private rooms and remains a neutral party as the incident in question happened in a private hotel room. I would advise all persons not to pass judge on either party as you don’t know the details or circumstance. As for the accused In America everyone is “innocent until it can be proved that you are guilty.” and thus we will leave the rest up to the judicial system. It is upsetting that these things happen in every setting whether at work, school, concerts, churches etc. and that is why Aki con advises all attendees to make good choices and be safe. We live in a wonderful and dangerous world and to think that this doesn’t seep into our little anime world would be foolish. Our thoughts have been with the young woman in question and we hope that both parties get the help they deserve.”

You can see this and the public response here, and in case it’s been removed, you can see a saved screenshot here.

The problem with this response? The vast amount of victim-shaming and lack of responsibility on behalf of the convention. The other problem? The fact that Aki-con was warned by attendees about the DJ’s past convictions as a sex offender. You can see the warning here and his publicized convictions and sentencing found here. The warning post was deleted from the forums and Facebooks posts, which was discussed here. These warnings and the knowledge of his offenses makes the convention liable for anything DJ Victor Malice has potentially done, and the fact they turned around and VICTIM-SHAMED A MINOR on top of it all is absolutely inexcusable.

Conventions need to be smart about protecting their convention attendees and themselves. This has been nothing but a disaster for every party involved. Aki-con should have heeded the warnings from attendees and not invited the DJ to be a guest, thusly having him representing the convention as a form of liaison, thus also becoming a liability. Whoever is in charge of their public relations has failed at doing a proper public post about the situation, originally giving hints out as to the victim’s identity, and the overall victim-shaming is unacceptable. While yes, the incident took place in a hotel room, it is the convention’s responsibility to provide a safe environment for everyone, and they screwed that up by inviting a potential threat into it. END OF STORY.

I hope other conventions learn from Aki-con’s mistake, and that the young victim gets justice for the trauma that has taken place. This was a public relations nightmare, with a ton of bad examples on all fronts to learn from. Honestly, I do not see Aki-con surviving this without taking more fallout than has already been received.

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49 Responses to Aki-con’s Sexual Assault Case

  1. netsenshi says:

    As someone who ‘works’ for a convention myself, I agree 100% that the victim shaming That Aki-con did was horrible. While they did have to say something about the nature of people in general I guess, they were excessive about pointing out that this child made the wrong decision, and if you don’t want bad things like this to happen, then it’s up to the attendee to not uh, get themselves raped/assaulted. Detestable, really.

    • Yunie says:

      Exactly. While it’s not outright victim-shaming, the consistent pointing out of that fact doesn’t help. They’re liable for what happened specifically because they invited a sexual predator to their con after attendees warned about him when concerned with their safety. I just hope other cons can learn from this so it never happens again.

      • netsenshi says:

        Considering also the situation about Dragon Con’s Ed Kramer, I think this stuff sadly happens quite often. I was talking to my friend who is a co-owner of a convention in the south, and he was sadly not surprised about Aki-con.

      • Andrew W. says:

        As someone who staffs a few nerd-related conventions, I think Aki-con was kinda caught between a rock and a hard place there in the end in terms of damage control. Note, I’m not talking about the very dubious and downright poor decision making that led up to this point, and they definitely put themselves in this situation, i’m just commenting on this message in particular. Underage drinking is a massive, massive problem at all these conventions, and as a convention, Aki-con’s restatement of condemnation of underage drinking seems very appropriate. Could it have been worded better? Definitely. I don’t know how, that’s not my department and I leave that to better people. I just… as an organization, how would you word it so that you condemn underage drinking but not shame the victim? Because frankly, you cannot leave the underage drinking go unsaid as an organization. That does not excuse what happened, or the liability due the con, but… I just don’t know how you manage that one. Thoughts?

      • Yunie says:

        You are absolutely, 100% right. They were caught between a rock and a hard place. They needed a PR person, or perhaps an attorney, to address the public in a better manner.

        Underage drinking is a problem. Hell, I did it at cons. I made sure not to be around people I didn’t know, however. It is a problem, as is drug use, but I think they would’ve done better with two statements. One addressing the assault, and a follow-up in a day or two concerning underage drinking. However, I am not a public relations person, so my opinion is unfortunately just that.

    • Micah Wolfe says:

      No one has accused them of condoning underage drinking. The only reason they mention underage drinking and drug use is to shift blame to the victim for not “being careful” enough. They say they will not release any information about the case, but then they emphasize that the victim is a minor and then mention underage drinking. That implies she was drinking. That is information related to the case. It is victim blaming, plain and simple, no matter how subtle they thought they were being.

  2. netsenshi says:

    Reblogged this on Netsenshi Productions and commented:
    I read this great article from “Cosplay Blog… with a Brain!’ about a horrible incident that went down during this year’s Aki-Con in Seattle, It really is a great read!

  3. Morri says:

    To the person who wrote this blog – I would like to clear up a few things. The victim was not under the age of 18. The underage mistake comes from information give that she was performing underage drinking. Which means she was under the legal drinkig age.

    That does not in any way excuse what happened.

    She was taken to the hospital…and they found she had been drugged. Ghb and cocaine were found in her system as well as the liqour.

    • Yunie says:

      Thank you for sharing that information. I also forgot to mention she was an invited guest of the convention. People keep asking where her parents were at, so maybe all of that info will clear it up.

      And you’re 100% right. That does not excuse what happened to her. At all.

    • CaCe says:

      Even if it had just been alcohol, she was not able to consent.

  4. M. Quinn says:

    I am . . puzzled, I guess is the best word, about several points in this string of incidents. It is alleged that the convention organizers, and specifically the guest relations, were made aware of the DJ’s criminal record by the persons from the local anime community. This information was suppressed, which could be seen as willful negligence for an event that serves a population likely to consist of easy pickings. Why hire that guy? Why take that risk? As tragic as this situation is, it was not a question of if something were to go wrong, but when.

  5. GOD says:

    I’m curious as to why they DJ is blamed, when the minor chose to drink with the guy, chose to go to his private room, and chose to put the alcohol in her own mouth. That seems a bit odd to me, but whatever.

    What I am here to comment about is for conventions to do BACKGROUND CHECKs on their guests, no matter how nice they seem or how well you think they work in the anime/gaming scene/etc. Ask for references and a BG check before inviting any guests to your con!
    A convention less than a year ago in my city was greatly RUINED after a voice actor got insanely drunk, violated his contract with not only the convention but his employer(s), and most of all- was taking advantage of young girls. He gave them alcohol, encouraged them to remove their clothing (which he then stripped down to his underwear during an all ages panel) and went as far as autographing and grabbing them in very inappropriate places. When asked to leave the convention he threw a drunken temper tantrum and ultimately ruined the name of the convention in only it’s first year (which the convention had to change it’s name).
    These “celebrities” shouldn’t be allowed to get away with such behavior, and they shouldn’t be favored or treated differently than any other pervert on the streets because they are nothing more than that!

    • Yunie says:

      DJ is blamed because he chose to take advantage of the situation. Her being drunk and apparently drugged without her knowledge is no excuse for what happened to her. Rape is rape.

      Completely agree on the background checks. If you want a person to represent your convention, then you sure as hell better know their history and how they act.

    • CaCe says:

      Uh, even if she had only been under the influence of alcohol, you cannot consent when you’re drunk. Full stop. It’s rape.

    • Stefanie says:

      I’d like to know who this guest was, as a convention runner I like to know about incidents as mentioned above (GOD’s post) so I can know who to invite and who to not invite.

      • Yunie says:

        DJ Victor Malice, actual name in Leslie Shotwell was Aki-con.

        The other person I’m curious about as well. I have an idea who it was and at what con, but could be another incident as well.

      • Stefanie says:

        I know who the DJ was, I’m talking about the guest that GOD mentioned in his/her post.

  6. While you pointed out his record in AZ, I couldn’t find him in the Megan Database in Washington for sexual offenders or in any other database on a national level.

    Someone clued in the staff as to his criminal record.

    However he had served his time for the crime. He was released and for several years has done nothing wrong. While the aforementioned person returned to his criminal behavior, he will be punished, if he is found guilty. What bothers me is the attitude of those saying that he is a convicted criminal and he is never to be trusted. Never to be given a break in life after serving his time. Always to be shamed by those around him as a ‘low life’ criminal.

    Which gets me to thinking…

    If background checks are good enough for the staff, what about the attendees?

    How many who just attend have a police record, especially with a sexual history of attacking young females? Too many of the photographers that I see at CosPlay events make my skin crawl and I’ve given up on the number of times I’ve seen them ask the females to pose in what I would only call an improper position.

    Does the convention have the responsibility to check everyone attending to ensure that they don’t have a criminal background that might endanger the female attendees?

    Let’s be clear. Aki-Con has a certain amount of fault in this situation. An experienced staffer, especially those in senior management positions has either ignored the critical alerts coming from the attendees and made the decision to assume the risk or the posts were withheld (deleted) from the responsible person when the time came to make the choice. Speaking from four decades of ‘running’ conventions, I don’t live in the forums and unless someone brought it to my attention I wouldn’t know about his past criminal record.

    I don’t approve of ‘slut shaming’ in any way,shape or form. On the other hand, automatically condemning someone who has a criminal record isn’t much better.

    • Yunie says:

      So. You’re telling me that you’d let a convicted offender, who has a record of doing something to a minor, into a convention as a guest. That’s what I’m seeing.

      I lived next to a sex offender for years without a problem. I knew his offense, had no problems with him. However, he didn’t do anything against a minor. Had he wanted to DJ at a con, that’d be one thing. But a guy with a background as DJ Victor Malice shouldn’t had been asked as a guest. An attendee versus someone INVITED by the con is a completely different matter.

    • It’s a matter of history. I don’t think anyone is saying that a convicted criminal should never have a second chance ever. However, there’s a matter of intelligent choice. Would I hire a thief/embezzler to cashier at my store? No, probably not. Would I hire them on a construction crew? Sure.

      Would I hire a convicted sexual offender to work at a convention? No. I don’t see how you can say that it’s responsible to pay him to be in a situation that could so easily lead to a relapse of his prior offense.

      • CaCe says:

        Exactly. For example, carrying more than a certain amount of Marijuana is a felony in most states. But having that on one’s record does not really seem to put a population in jeopardy. This guy attacked a kid. Raped a kid. It’s on his record plain as day. And now it looks like he raped again.

  7. knives says:

    Ok first off I would like to clarify that being presented with proof of being a sex offender is an entirely different matter which has its own legal issues associated with it. Having said that, I see no legal reason why a convention or any other event would be liable for something that happens outside of the official grounds of the event. Conventions are not a babysitting service, even if the people in question are of legal age. A convention remaining a neutral party to an alleged crime that happened in the same hotel in a private room not leased by the convention by people attending the convention doesn’t strike me in the least bit odd. It is not victim shaming to say that the judicial system will handle it. Was the convention wrong in maintaining his guest status after confirming he had a past history of being a sex offender? Yes, however not all sex offender convictions impose a restraining order, so the convention may have legally been in the clear. Any backlash over any perceived ‘victim shaming’ because the convention maintains a neutral party and not automatically condemning someone before he is found guilty in a court of law, which is well outside the jurisdiction of the convention or any of the people crying victim shaming, is misplaced, and those people should actually read up on how the justice system operates. I actually applaud the convention for not giving into the feeding frenzy that always results from a sexual assault accusation. And before someone says ‘oh but he was a guest.’: guests are paid for their appearance and are generally bound by a code of conduct in a contract. If he is found guilty, the convention may be able to hold the guest liable for any damages caused as a result of his actions breaching said contract.

    • Yunie says:

      They would be a neutral party had they not known his background and thusly invited him in. However, they were given warnings and ignored it. In some states, and I do not know Washington’s laws as I do not live there, they can be held liable for it, contract breaching or not.

      You’re free to your opinion on the victim-shaming. I would just like to agree to disagree on that note, as I can see why people see both sides. I personally still see it as such, but again, can see the other viewpoints on it as well.

      • knives says:

        It seems that other people have provided information that shows he is not registered in any national database, so as far as the convention verifying any charges against him, they may have done their due diligence as far as checking his background goes. Regardless of your opinion on victim shaming via remaining a neutral party, a convention is not liable for something that happens outside of the convention. On top of this, I am understanding that both individuals were guests of the convention, not regular attendees, and the victim in this case was of legal age. Since no one in this comment section has a copy of the police report, no one can say exactly what happened. He may be guilty, may be not. I would read over what aki-con said and not pass judgement against either individual regardless of what side you are on until the issue plays out in court. I would also advise you let the court determine if the convention violated any federal laws in allowing him to be a guest before acting as judge, jury, and executioner yourself.

      • Yunie says:

        He is not registered in the national database, as per Arizona laws, his felony was not high enough to cause that happen. However, a simple Google search can do wonders if people message your convention with worried posts concerning someone. So, yes, not registered, but Google is AMAZING.

        And you’re right. No one can say what happened. We’ve got the “neutral party”, the “victim”, and that’s it.

        However, I’m still gonna be “that guy” and say it could’ve proooooobably been avoided by not hiring the DJ if they knew his background.

      • knives says:

        People also seem to be ignoring the white elephant here. Neither individual ended up in police custody. Calling for the convention to eject an individual accused of a crime but not detained by police while ignoring the fact that both individuals have violated federal law as well as convention policy regarding underage drinking is a more serious issue. In my personal opinion, both individuals should have been ejected on that basis. Unless, of course, there was no evidence.

      • Yunie says:

        The DJ is currently in police custody, so technically… Yeah. You’re smart, you can draw your own conclusions.

        The victim was taken to the hospital, where a toxicology report and rape kit was done. Again, you can fill it in from there.

    • CaCe says:

      Actually, a lot of cons do run background checks on their honored guests/hired performers. It’s considered standard for many cons. Also, sexual offenders, especially where minors are concerned are considerably more of a potential threat than say, a thief. Someone abuses children, I don’t care what state or HOW many years ago, they should not be around children again. And a convention should not have them as a guest after being shown his record. DragonCon kicked Kramer out years before he was convicted, because they knew that was the responsible thing to do. When it comes to rapists, you don’t give them a benefit of a doubt. And this DJ has a RECORD. For rape.

  8. guede says:

    I supposed that i too am a bit lost on the subject of victim shaming.

    [Aki – con advises all attendees to make good choice, stay with friends and trust loved ones. Aki con has rules against underage drinking and drug use but Aki con can’t control what attendees or guests or even other guests of the venue do in private rooms and remains a neutral party as the incident in question happened in a private hotel room. I would advise all persons not to pass judge on either party as you don’t know the details or circumstance. As for the accused In America everyone is “innocent until it can be proved that you are guilty.” and thus we will leave the rest up to the judicial system. It is upsetting that these things happen in every setting whether at work, school, concerts, churches etc. and that is why Aki con advises all attendees to make good choices and be safe]

    nowhere here does it suggest that the girl, based on her wardrobe, conduct, attitude or otherwise invited the malfeasance that was visited her. What they are doing on the other hand is making a good attempt at neutrality – i say attempt as the writing is atrocious.

    I think what you are mistaking as victim-shaming is merely the suggestion that individuals who attend these events should demonstrate a bit of personal responsibility.

    before there is a fatwa issued for this statement – i humbly posit that maybe the DJ is not the best person to retire from the con with. It seems like that was the suggestion Aki-con PR was trying to make.

    “make good choices” was the suggestion, applicable to both the assailant and assaulted.

    otherwise i tend to agree with you Yunie – knowing that aki-con had a convicted sex offender around extremely provocatively-clad young (minor) women means that the con had a civic duty to keep eyes on this human who is not deserving of the public trust.

    effectively his sex crime has breached the social contract requiring scrutiny of his every move. And as an organization the share in the blame for the crimes committed by man.

    you don’t invite a lioness to a sheep heard and marvel in awe as the lioness rips the throat of an ewe.

    • CaCe says:

      “Making good choices” does not protect anybody from rape unless the good choice is the rapist choosing NOT TO RAPE.

      It frankly scares me how some people on here clearly don’t understand consent and also don’t understand that predators will use everything at their disposal to prey on people.

      Intoxicated people (of any age) cannot give consent to any kind of sexual activity. This isn’t merely a philosophy, this is how the law defines consent. People who a rapist drugs with the date rape drug cannot give consent.

      Her not hanging out with the DJ? Probably would not have protected her considering she was drugged by knock-out drugs. Underage drinking does not in anyway change the burden of responsibility for the rape occurring. WTF does they way she is dressed have to do with anything? This guy raped a child back in Arizona. A child who was probably wearing a t-shirt and jeans. Burkas do not protect people from rapists. Neither do sweatpants. Mentioning what she was wearing has absolutely NO bearing on this and is incredibly creepy. If you think it’s expected that women should assume that rape is the status quo if they go to a party at an organized event based on what they wear or what they drink, you probably should not be allowed to go to parties because it sounds like your judgment is off.

      “I think what you are mistaking as victim-shaming is merely the suggestion that individuals who attend these events should demonstrate a bit of personal responsibility.”

      Uh, the only thing she has to be responsible to is a possible underage drinking charge. If you have sex with someone who cannot consent it is rape. Someone who is intoxicated cannot consent. Someone who was drugged with GHB cannot consent. Whether in bikini or nun’s habit. You just don’t frakking get it. You’re like a priest defending his molestation of an unconscious parishioner because her skirt was too flirty.

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  11. Avary says:

    As a FORMER volunteer for this con as well a victim of his disgusting advances, You have my sincerest apologies for the management’s actions. I wholeheartedly agree that what Aki-con stated was shameful, disgusting, and overall a Bullshit excuse to get out of legal trouble and yes I agree that this man should be locked up for good, however i also believe that he should be castrated on the spot! And this isnt the first time kind of shit happened! More than Several con attendees have told me about his advances and I ran to tell management and they told me they would take care of the matter. But they did nothing of it, I had to personally warn him that if he harassed anyone again that i would call the police. no further complaints came to me or other staff members since so i thought that he finally got the point.

    However what disgusts me even more is that there is another petition to SAVE akicon and they believe Akicon AND leslie are both innocent of all accusation and that the victim is LYING.

    Im just glad that I dont work for akicon anymore and that Aki-con is gonna get what they deserve sooner or later.

  12. orangemike says:

    This to me is just another example of, don’t go to a “convention” where there are hired performers instead of just guests; or to for-profit “conventions” of any kind. The culture is the most toxic where the atmosphere is least fannish.

  13. Thomas Pluck says:

    Bad choice: hiring a sex offender as your DJ at an event where drinking will occur and minors are invited. Bad choice: drugging and raping a minor. Making those kinds of choices is called evil.

  14. This is a convention that was started by a handful of venders who got ejected from cons for selling bootleg merch. The DJ in question was a personal friend of the con organizers.

    With those two bits of info I’m drawing my own conclusions and were I an attendee of this show. I wouldn’t be anymore. The issues with the show go from the heads down. To me it’s actually worse then the Dragon Con situation since you can’t cut out a single person. It’s a whole set up of people.

    Also, this is directed towards OrangeMike above me. There are plenty of “For Profit” conventions that are completely fine, at least on the East Coast. I’m not sure where your base is but I’d look up “Jeff Mach” as a head of a bunch of for profit cons on the east coast as an example of how to run a for profit con well.

    • orangemike says:

      I reject the use of the term “science fiction convention” to describe any for-profit event. Some of these people are more ethical than others, but what they are running is not a convention, but a show.

      • Micah Wolfe says:

        Just because you make up your own definition for a word doesn’t change the actual definition and usage of the word. It’s semantics of the worst kind because your not basing it on anything other than your view of what the word “should” mean.

  15. Tim says:

    For those looking for information on his first conviction:
    Information came out about the conviction of the DJ for his previous offenses. He was charged with 10 counts including molestation of child, sexual conduct with minor, sexual abuse (x4), sexual conduct with minor (x3), and child/vulnerable adult abuse. His plea deal basically had him plead guilty to one charge of sexual conduct with a minor in exchange for the rest of the charges. Note that the charges are from events from 2001 and 2005.

    To find out more go to: http://www.superiorcourt.maricopa.gov/docket/CriminalCourtCases/index.asp
    Click: Case History
    Last Name: Shotwell
    First Name: Leslie
    Click search.

    Party Name – Leslie Burt Shotwell
    ARSCode – 13-1410 (F2)
    Description – MOLESTATION OF CHILD
    Crime Date – 6/12/2001
    Disposition Code – Dismissed – Plea Other
    Disposition – Dismissed Due To Plea On Other Count
    Date – 8/11/2006

    Party Name – Leslie Burt Shotwell
    ARSCode – 13-1405 (F3)
    Description – SEXUAL CONDUCT WITH MINOR
    Crime Date – 6/12/2001
    Disposition Code – Pled to Reduced Charge
    Disposition – Pled Guilty To Reduced Charge
    Date – 3/31/2006

    Party Name – Leslie Burt Shotwell
    ARSCode – 13-1404 (F3)
    Description – SEXUAL ABUSE
    Crime Date – 6/12/2001
    Disposition Code – Dismissed – Plea Other
    Disposition – Dismissed Due To Plea On Other Count
    Date – 8/11/2006

    Party Name – Leslie Burt Shotwell
    ARSCode – 13-1405 (F6)
    Description – SEXUAL CONDUCT WITH MINOR
    Crime Date – 3/11/2005
    Disposition Code – Dismissed – Plea Other
    Disposition – Dismissed Due To Plea On Other Count
    Date – 8/11/2006

    Party Name – Leslie Burt Shotwell
    ARSCode – 13-3623 (F4)
    Description – CHILD/VULNERABLE ADULT ABUSE
    Crime Date – 3/12/2005
    Disposition Code – Dismissed – Plea Other
    Disposition – Dismissed Due To Plea On Other Count
    Date – 8/11/2006

    Party Name – Leslie Burt Shotwell
    ARSCode – 13-1405 (F3)
    Description – SEXUAL CONDUCT WITH MINOR
    Crime Date – 3/12/2005
    Disposition Code – Pled No Contest
    Disposition – Pled No Contest
    Date – 3/31/2006

    Party Name – Leslie Burt Shotwell
    ARSCode – 13-1405 (F2)
    Description – SEXUAL CONDUCT WITH MINOR
    Crime Date – 3/12/2005
    Disposition Code – Dismissed – Plea Other
    Disposition – Dismissed Due To Plea On Other Count
    Date – 8/11/2006

    Party Name – Leslie Burt Shotwell
    ARSCode – 13-1404 (F3)
    Description – SEXUAL ABUSE
    Crime Date – 3/12/2005
    Disposition Code – Dismissed – Plea Other
    Disposition – Dismissed Due To Plea On Other Count
    Date – 8/11/2006

    Party Name – Leslie Burt Shotwell
    ARSCode – 13-1404 (F3)
    Description – SEXUAL ABUSE
    Crime Date – 3/12/2005
    Disposition Code – Dismissed – Plea Other
    Disposition – Dismissed Due To Plea On Other Count
    Date – 8/11/2006

    Party Name – Leslie Burt Shotwell
    ARSCode – 13-1404 (F3)
    Description – SEXUAL ABUSE
    Crime Date – 3/12/2005
    Disposition Code – Dismissed – Plea Other
    Disposition – Dismissed Due To Plea On Other Count
    Date – 8/11/2006

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  18. not saying says:

    The victim in this matter is actually one of my close friends, and I’d like to clear a few things up. First, she is 18, so yes she was underage and a minor. Second, she trusted this man. She said that they had been great friends for a few years. So to say that she should’ve been more careful with who she associates with is bullshit. She had no idea that he would ever do something like this to her.

    • Micah Wolfe says:

      Further clearing up a few things, 18 would make her underage to drink, but not a minor. 18 is considered “adult” everywhere in the USA and you can vote, buy porn, smoke, and have sex with anyone 18 and over.
      I’m not saying that to diminish what happened to her, but throwing the word “minor” around to doesn’t help clarify anything if the person was, in fact, an adult. I still think the Convention should be held liable for hiring a known sex offender. It’s a shame she didn’t know about his history. If she had been great friends with him for years it means that he cultivated the relationship when she was a minor. How did she know this guy? Sounds like he might have been setting her up and just waiting until she turned 18 so he couldn’t be hit with another child assault charge.

  19. It was fake says:

    I’m sorry. But I cannot agree with this accusation any longer.
    The TRUTH must be known.
    THERE WAS NO RAPE. How do I know? I was there?
    Why haven’t I spoken up sooner? Because of all of you idiots who FLOCK to the victim who has pulled this off before but with no results. She won her little battle this time. But she is not a victim, but rather, a liar. A cheater.

    • Yunie says:

      Uh, do you see the age of this post? Do you see you’re responding over a year later? And if it never happened, then why did she “win”? And as such, if you’re speaking up about something, why are you hiding behind anonymity?

      Cool your jets and feel free to come back with some facts when/if you have them.

    • Micah Wolfe says:

      “THERE WAS NO RAPE. How do I know? I was there?”
      You don’t know if you were there or not?

      Even if she is a liar and the assault never happened, that does not excuse the Convention organizers for hiring a known, convicted sexual predator.

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