According to the Centers for Disease Control, as many as one out of every four girls and one out of every six boys have experienced some form of sexual abuse before the age of eighteen, and in a third of such cases, the National Center on the Sexual Behavior of Youth says, the offenses were committed by other juveniles. Each act is a separate felony charge. She moved into a homeless shelter in Kalamazoo and returned to class. He decided to take a plea deal: In Prince William County, Virginia, two years ago, a seventeen-year-old high-school junior sent a sexual video to his teen-age girlfriend, and found himself charged with manufacturing and distributing child pornography. Most sex crimes are considered crimes of moral turpitude, which are much harder to remove from your criminal record. The woman declined to prosecute because she was embarrassed and feared being ostracized. In the cases that remained, most of the victims declined to pursue charges. The jury may not buy his claim that he sincerely believed the victim to be of age, or other evidence may make the belief unreasonable. In Midland, Anthony Metts continued to struggle with treatment. To obtain documents from private universities, the AJC used a little-known state law that requires campus police at private universities to make their records public if their officers are certified by state law enforcement. Regardless of the latitude of the defense in the particular state, the defendant must show that he reasonably and in good faith believed the victim to be over the age of consent. But Robert Connolly, interim police chief at Georgia Tech, countered that investigators on his campus police force each have 20 hours of training specifically on sexual assault cases. Mistake of age defense in limited circumstances Some states only allow a statutory rape defendant to raise the defense in limited circumstances. Throughout her first semester in college, she was dogged by fears of being outed. Not a few people have been placed in dubious but costly treatment programs for actions that many believe should never have been criminalized in the first place.