Case Narrative

A Consenting Juveniles narrative is a first-hand account reporting the words of the research subject on his or her experience.

The narrative on this page is an anonymous account of an interview conducted by SOL Research. All names of persons and places, as well as other personal details have been changed.


He is no more responsible for what happened than I am.

Source:   SOLR interview, in-person, written notes

A woman met at a political event mentioned that her 23-year-old son was in prison for having sex when he was 18 with a 13-year-old girl, which got her pregnant. She arranged for a meeting with Linda, the then-18-year-old woman who had been that 13-year-old girl. Linda is raising her daughter as a single mother because the baby’s father is in prison.

This meeting took place early in this research before a protocol for interviews, including recording, had been developed.

There’s no way Christopher should be in prison. I ran away from home and was hanging out when I saw Christopher. He offered to give me a ride to his grandmother’s house in Porterville to stay for the night. But when we got to Porterville, he found out that his mother was visiting his grandmother, so he couldn’t take me there. We got a hotel room. Christopher said he would sleep on the floor, but I said he paid for the room and shouldn’t have to do that. So we slept in the bed together, and we ended up having sex. He didn’t force anything on me and he is no more responsible for what happened than I am.