Glen Ridge Rape Case
In March of 1989, a group of high school males from Glen Ridge, New Jersey lured a mentally handicapped
victim (Leslie Farber*) into an unsupervised basement where several football players and high school seniors
sexually assaulted her with a broomstick and baseball bat. Later it was found out that she did not have the
mental ability to consent to the actions. She hardly knew what had happened to her, and “only wanted to be
friends with the athletes.” Three perpetrators were convicted of sexual assault yet acquitted of the other six
offenses. One perpetrator was only convicted of conspiracy and acquitted of all other charges.
*Name was never publically released
This rape case seems extraordinarily unlike many other rape cases. Not only was the victim mentally
handicapped, but she also seemed to support her perpetrators, hoping they “don’t get in trouble.” She obviously
had no idea what offenses were committed against her.
1. Why did the trial take so long (23 weeks)?
2. What did the victim’s parents think about the situation? Have the expressed any feel