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Oklahoma Teen Charged with Raping Classmate After Student Protest

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An outraged Oklahoma community finally feels justice has been served now that a young man has been charged with raping an unconscious 16-year-old girl at a party in September, in an act that was videotaped and shared on social media.

Tristen Kole Killman-Hardin, 18, was charged Tuesday with two counts of first-degree rape in the alleged sexual assault of the fellow Norman, Oklahoma, teen.

According to a signed affidavit, the girl went to a gathering of friends, drank to the point of intoxication, and then accepted an offer for a ride home with Killman-Hardin.

The next day, she woke up with pain in her genital area, then soon received a copy of a video on her phone and on social media that appeared to depict her being sexually assaulted in his vehicle.

Killman-Hardin said he knew the girl was intoxicated and that he had “sex” with her, per the affidavit.

Yes All Daughters, a group of local activists, has brought attention the story, and support two other young women who claim they were assaulted by Killman-Hardin.

Before his arrest, students at Norman High School also walked out of class on Nov. 24 to protest the bullying of the suspected victims.

“The arrest has lifted a weight off of our community and especially off the victims and their families. We have faith that our courts will provide justice for the survivors and that this step will aid in their healing process,” according to a message on the Yes All Daughters Facebook page.

The school district also responded to claims they did not do enough to stop the sexual assault and bullying.

“The individual arrested and charged today was notified on September 22 he was being suspended for the rest of the year,” Norman Public Schools spokeswoman Shelly Hickman said in a statement. “Moreover, he won’t be a student of the Norman Public Schools ever again.”