When United States Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh was publicly accused of a 1982 attempted rape at age 17, his defenders noted that the accuser Dr. Blasey Ford had not obtained redress by pressing charges at the time. Maryland had two relevant charges then on the books: attempted rape (a misdemeanor) and assault with attempt to rape (a felony). This episode motivates the following question about events of the early 1980s in the United States.

What were common outcomes when white 17 year olds did face a charge like this around 1982?

Doing keyword searches to link some starter precedents, I only found tangentially related cases, nothing seeming similar enough to mention. Someone that has access to a faceted legal search engine may more readily perceive the trends in juvenile attempted rape cases. By all means broaden the search in terms of location, charges, and year, but I'm only interested in U.S. cases where the defendant was both white and a juvenile. I left defendants' families' capital and influence off the list of criteria because getting that data seems impractical.

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    would there be a different charge / outcome if the perpetrator was black? – Solar Mike Oct 17 '18 at 19:22
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    @drewbenn - I'd be very much surprised if the actual % for that wasn't far lower in the 80's even than it is now. While I'm not a teen today, I was then and I know well what attitudes were like among teens at the time. I had both perpetrators and victims in the 80's confide incidents to me in that they clearly had no clue were actually rape. (and yes, they totally were) – T.E.D. Oct 17 '18 at 19:35
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    Weren't / aren't juvenile records sealed? That might make this difficult or impossible to answer. – justCal Oct 17 '18 at 22:54
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    With his mother being a judge I guess the odds of a conviction would be even less. – liftarn Oct 18 '18 at 10:26
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    I was a (white, middle class) teenage boy in the '60's. The majority of the young women I knew closely enough to talk about such things had been raped. None of them reported it, or apparently even imagined doing so. – MickeyfAgain_BeforeExitOfSO Oct 18 '18 at 12:11