Girl 'Continued to Say No' to Conn. Football Players Accused of Rape, According to Arrest Warrants

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If convicted, Gonzalez and Toribio would be charged with a class B felony and face up to 20 years in jail and/or a fine of up to $15,000 because the alleged victims were under the age of 16.

Toribio's attorney, Charles Brower, declined to comment to ABC News.

ABC News' calls to Gonzelez's attorney, Dennis Bradley, were not immediately returned.

Barbara Spiegel, executive director of the Susan B. Anthony Project, a local domestic and sexual abuse advocacy center, told ABCNews.com that reading in the warrants about the alleged victim who reportedly said no was "just another stronger statement about this not being consensual."

"By her age, she legally cannot give consent anyway," she said. "But on top of that, there sounds to be a forcible nature to this act."

Spiegel said community educators from the Susan B. Anthony project increased their presence in Torrington High School to reinforce lessons on cyber bullying, boundaries and consent since the two high school students were charged.

As program personnel revisit lessons on the standards of consent, Spiegel said, the reactions they get from the students in discussions range from anger, to confusion, to disgust.

"Some of them are genuinely like, 'These are my friends and I don't want to see them suffer consequences,'" she said. "We're trying to help them understand the law."

While some are sympathetic to Toribio and Gonzalez, Spiegel said, others judge the two football players for allegedly assaulting two 13-year-olds. But there are even students who don't want the case brought up in school anymore, Spiegel said.

"They don't want this story to be about what's going on in their town and their school," she said. "Each person wants their life to go on without it being about this incident."

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