West High School Rapes
Madison, WI
In 1976 and 2002 the backstage stairwell at Madison West High School was the site of two rapes. The three flights of steps connect a costume and music room to the backstage of the auditorium. In both cases the victim was a 16-year-old girl.

1976 The comments made by the judge, and the leniency of the sentence he imposed led to outrage and his being ousted from office.

2002 The sister of the boy accused of rape was arrested her after she attacked the rape victim at school, punching her face and tearing out one of her earrings.