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The Spur Posse was a group of high school boys from Lakewood, California, who used a point system to keep track of and compare their sexual attacks and statutory rapes, some with girls as young as ten.
The group came to national attention on March 18, 1993, when the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department arrested a number of the members for various sexual crimes. Prosecutors later dropped all but one of the charges after being unable to prove most of the encounters were nonconsensual, although many were with underage girls, some as young as ten.
One girl who was later interrogated by police said she had been in bed late one night when a teenager appeared at her window and demanded sex from her. She complied because of rumors that the Spurs would harm women who resisted.
In popular culture
They are mentioned in the Bratmobile song "Brat Girl."
Hugo Bonnard is currently writing a book on them entitled How many points?: A tale of Women's survivals.
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- Faludi, Susan (2000), Stiffed: The Betrayal of the American Man, Perennial, ISBN 978-0-380-72045-3.
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- Ferrell, David (March 20, 1993), "Spur Posse Goes on the Defensive", The Los Angeles Times, p. B1.
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- Mydans, Seth (March 23, 1993), "7 of 9 California Youths are Freed in a Case of Having Sex for Points", The New York Times.
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- Smolowe, Jill (April 5, 1993), "Sex with a Scoreboard", Time, p. 41.