Posted by Travis Uresk | Feb. 8th, 2023 | Rape |
By Travis Uresk
Before you start victim shaming or blaming, please put yourself in her shoes for a minute. Just think if this was you and you were sitting in the hot sun all day drinking alcohol to the point of almost not knowing where you're at and having no control of your body, thinking, motor skills, and even talking.
Below this story, I will explain how your body reacts when you consume as much alcohol as this victim did.
Vernal, Ut.- On June 3, 2022, in Uintah County, Utah, Blake Scott Gross and the victim were both at the Uintah County Golf Course. Blake met the victim for the first time at the golf course for a charity event.
The victim volunteered on hole seven with an acquaintance and consumed alcohol throughout the day. Blake met the victim while he was golfing, proceeded to golf another hole, and returned to hole seven to speak with the victim again.
As indicated by the victim’s acquaintance, when Blake returned around 6:30 pm, the victim was very intoxicated and sitting alone in an empty golf cart.
Blake then sat in the driver’s seat of the same cart the victim was sitting in and proceeded to drive away with her from hole seven. The victim’s acquaintance became worried for the victim and asked other golfers to help find the victim and Blake.
Within thirty minutes, the other golfers located the pair in the brush of hole thirteen. Looking at a golf course map, hole thirteen is situated on the edge of the right side of the course and is surrounded by trees and greenery.
In speaking with law enforcement, one of the golfers indicated that when they located the victim, she was "oblivious to what was happening" and lying across the cart's seat from the passenger side.
The golfers intervened, and the victim was taken back to hole seven. The assault was reported to law enforcement, and the victim was taken to the hospital to complete a SANE evaluation.
Upon admission to the emergency department at 7:39 pm, the victim's blood was drawn.
Hospital records indicate that the victim had alcohol in her blood at a level of 0.321.
Further, law enforcement noted that it took a few hours of waiting until the victim could consent to the medical examination due to how much alcohol was in her system.
Blake was located by law enforcement after he left the golf course. In speaking to the officer, Blake acknowledged that he digitally penetrated the victim while they were in the golf cart.
Understanding BAC Levels & Effects
Common symptoms, levels of impairment, and risks for various blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels
0.02%: This is the lowest level of intoxication with some measurable impact on the brain and body. You will feel relaxed, experience an altered mood, feel a little warmer, and may make poor judgments.
0.05%: At this level of BAC, your behavior will become exaggerated. You may speak louder and gesture more. You may also begin to lose control of small muscles, like the ability to focus your eyes, so vision will become blurry.
0.08%: This is the current legal limit in the U.S., other than Utah, and at this level, it is considered illegal and unsafe to drive. You will lose more coordination, so your balance, speech, reaction times, and even hearing will get worse.
0.10%: At this BAC, reaction time and control will be reduced, the speech will be slurred, thinking and reasoning will be slower, and the ability to coordinate your arms and legs will be poor.
0.15%: This BAC is very high. You will have much less control over your balance and voluntary muscles, so walking and talking are difficult. You may fall and hurt yourself.
0.20-0.29%: Confusion, feeling dazed, and disorientation are common. Sensations of pain will change, so if you fall and seriously hurt yourself, you may not notice and are less likely to do anything about it. Nausea and vomiting are likely to occur, and the gag reflex will be impaired, which could cause choking or aspirating on vomit. Blackouts begin at this BAC, so you may participate in events that you don’t remember.
0.30-0.39%: At this point, you may become unconscious, and your potential for death increases. Along with a loss of understanding, at this BAC, you'll also experience severe increases in your heart rate and irregular breathing and may have a loss of bladder control. In this percentage range, you may experience confusion, vomiting, and drowsiness.
0.40% and over: This level of BAC may put you in a coma or cause sudden death because your heart or breathing will suddenly stop. This is what is known as a lethal blood alcohol level.