Imagine you’re a sixteen year-old girl. You’ve grown up in a small town where jobs aren’t getting any easier to find. Your boyfriend is a cop, which has its advantages. One night you’re at a friend’s house and have some drinks – you’d probably be able to get into bars, but alcohol is much cheaper from an off-licence. Some of your boyfriend’s cop friends show up, but they don’t object to underage drinking any more than he does.
Readers from New Zealand probably know where this is going.
25 years ago Bob Schollum, Brad Shipton and Clint Rickards dragged a 16 year old girl to a bedroom while she was struggling and screaming. They handcuffed her and indecently assaulted her.
What would you do? Where would you go? Who could help you?
Clint Rickards, Bob Schollum and Brad Shipton are standing trial for the crimes they committed agains this woman. They are rapists, who used the power their uniform gave them to abuse an unknown number of women.