High School Rape Victim Spends Two Years in Court Fighting Ouster From Squad


"SISD had no duty to promote H.S.'s message by allowing her to cheer or not cheer as she saw fit," the decision continued. "H.S. was at the basketball game for the purpose of cheering, a position she undertook voluntarily."

'Perfect Love Casts Out Fear:' Teen Vows to Continue Exhausting Legal Battle

H.S. has vowed to continue to fight the school and the district in court despite the numerous rulings and decisions against her.

"There are too many big issues here" to give up, Watts said. "She shouldn't be obligated to cheer for her rapist."

Jennifer Marsh, director of the National Sexual Assault Hotline for the Rape Abuse & Incest National Network , or RAINN, said they couldn't comment on specific cases, but that it's not uncommon for there to be a "reversal of roles" after a sexual assault in which the onus is on the victim.

"I think in the cases of athletes, particularly star athletes, we've seen that play again and again from all levels, from high school to professionals," Marsh said. "I think the victims in those cases have even more of an uphill battle."

Hunt declined to comment on specific charges H.S. made against school officials, including that she was told to stay away from her attacker. School officials, he said, acted appropriately in expelling Bolton after he was indicted.

Watts said his next step will be to file a petition in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals for a re-plea. Also caught up in appeals is a lower court's ruling that, in dismissing her lawsuit, H.S.' parents must pay the defendants upwards of $45,000 in legal costs.

"It is not easy, I can tell you that," H.S. said of her decision to not give up. "It's probably going to be one of the hardest things me and my family have gone through."

After H.S. was kicked off the cheerleading team, school officials relented and allowed her to try out again after the indictments against Bolton and Rountree.

Rountree's case, according to KFDM, is still pending.

H.S. said she tried out again -- and made the team -- in honor of her therapist who helped her so much after the rape. That therapist, who died of breast cancer that summer, had encouraged H.S. to continue with all the activities she had enjoyed before the assault in an effort to reclaim her life.

But her slipping grades eventually forced her off the team for good before she graduated in May. Though H.S. denied it, Craig said he believes his daughter, a one-time honors student, let her grades slip to give herself an out while still saving face.

"It took a toll on her I believe," Craig said. "We really were wondering whether she'd graduate."

H.S. is now working and has plans to start college next semester, working toward her goal of becoming a forensic scientist. It's a profession she'd always been interested in, she said, but the events of the last two years combined with the delay in the processing of her rape kit have strengthened her resolve.

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