Auel’s Grandson Pleads No Contest to Assault Charge

Posted by Anneli Rufus at 11:12 am, Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Skylar Auel

Skylar Auel, the 19-year-old grandson of Jean M. Auel — author of the “Earth’s Children” series of bestsellers set in prehistoric times, including The Clan of the Cave Bear and The Mammoth Hunters — pleaded no contest today to a charge of sexual assault in Clackamas County, Oregon.

“According to court documents, both Skylar Auel and his 19-year-old female victim were drunk when he forced himself on her,” reports the Oregonian. He also pleaded no contest to charges that he assaulted two men during a party at his home in March. The Oregonian continues: “In a later conversation with one of the woman’s friends, [Auel] said, ‘Why is she freaking out? I asked her like eight times, she said she wanted it,’ the [court] papers recount.”



7 Responses to “Auel’s Grandson Pleads No Contest to Assault Charge”

  1. Jay Copenhagen Says:


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    Skylar Auel is a good guy i’ve meet him myself i feel the state of Oregon is letting this girl along with any other girl that second guesses their sexual relations from sex too rape get to rob this young man or any other young man of his life and rights! We need to start correcting the second guesser b/c it them that need to change not the one that is comfortable with even asking a girl/guy for sexual relations. The second guesser’s are the confused ones that may need a little discipline, or therapy, they don’t deserve a state trial for their mistakes. If we start doing that (which we have!in a lot of women against men cases) then slowly the second guesser will have ultimate control of society, at any point in time they could set a person back in there life by just claiming sexual intent! thats not fair period! for anyone guy or girl! and thats what has just happened to Skylar Auel… a good guy! – Jay Copenhagen

  2. Educated Reader Says:


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    Oregon law states: 163.375 Rape in the first degree. (1) A person who has sexual intercourse with another person commits the crime of rape in the first degree if:
    (d) The victim is incapable of consent by reason of mental defect, mental incapacitation or physical helplessness.

    163.315 Incapacity to consent; effect of lack of resistance. (1) A person is considered incapable of consenting to a sexual act if the person is:
    (a) Under 18 years of age;
    (b) Mentally defective;
    (c) Mentally incapacitated; or
    (d) Physically helpless.
    (2) A lack of verbal or physical resistance does not, by itself, constitute consent but may be considered by the trier of fact along with all other relevant evidence.

    163.305 Definitions. As used in chapter 743, Oregon Laws 1971, unless the context requires otherwise:
    (4) “Mentally incapacitated” means that a person is rendered incapable of appraising or controlling the conduct of the person at the time of the alleged offense because of the influence of a controlled or other intoxicating substance administered to the person without the consent of the person or because of any other act committed upon the person without the consent of the person.
    (5) “Physically helpless” means that a person is unconscious or for any other reason is physically unable to communicate unwillingness to an act.

    30% of all women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. Only 10% of rapes are ever reported because of people like Jay Copenhagen who continue to tell women it never happened to them. Maybe you should figure out what the definition of rape is before you defend someone against it.

  3. Rational Thinker Says:


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    So according to the law, if two people are drunk out of their minds and have sex, the man is committing rape and the woman is a victim. Shouldn’t there be a distinction between a predatory sex offender and a stupid kid who got drunk and let his hormones take control? The way the law is written today, the underage drunk kid is treated exactly the same as the dangerous predator hiding in the bushes with duct tape and a pistol. That is not rational.

  4. Extremely Informed Reader Says:


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    It’s interesting to see what people say when no one knows the whole story. When all three people he is accused of assaulting have Rophonol in their systems, and when the girl he raped happened to be underage at the time, can’t you piece together the real story?

  5. The Real Story Says:


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    Extremely informed reader, you are asking us to make some rather large inferencial leaps here. Are you saying that Skylar drugged these young people? The story I read said Skylar was 18 and his accuser was 17, so what inference should I draw? You remind me of those stupid-ass cops in the 60′s who would tell a rape victim, you were wearing a mini-skirt and knee-high leather boots, you were asking for sex. But instead, you are saying, this girl was 17 and really wasted so Skylar must be a rapist. Don’t you see what you are doing here? It is ridiculous. Is it Skylar you despise so much or are you projecting your hatred for Jean Auel and her novels onto her innocent grandson?

  6. randers Says:


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    According to the law at least in California – if a woman is drunk, and has sex but later feels she didnt consent to the sex then it is legally rape. These cases rarely come to trial because they are not easy to prove and prosecute.

    In spite of the written law juries have a long standing reputation for not wanting to penalize a guy due to drunken indiscretion on the part of him and a woman.

    Seeing above Oregon statutes I can say that California statutes specifically includes a clause about the victim being too drunk to consent. In spite of that clause those cases are still difficult to prosecute.

    Reading all the news stories about this also tells us there is some doubt, because the victim told friends that she undressed herself and made out with Skylar.

    She later stated taht she feels embarrassed about her own actions.

    Statistically, most unfounded allegations of rape are by young girls who are afraid of what friends or family will do if they find out she consented to sex.

    Rape cases are notoriously complicated to prove. In most cases women do not make up allegations of rape due to the horror of such a crime. Women who says they were raped deserves to be believed and supported, regardless of the circumstances. However, there still are some situations with unfair rape allegations.

    I doubt anyone not close to the case with Skylar would know if his case is one or the other.

  7. Shreya Brenna Says:


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    Oh, he’s too young to be a criminal. This is very alarming especially that young generation is getting more involved with sexual harrassment. I just hope that the government will intensify their campaign more on anti-sexual harassment campaigns.


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