Kathryn and Lieutenant Duncan (Terry David Mulligan) say that The Mill was still open and they ask Sarah to go with them to identify her attackers. Sarah agrees, although she appears reluctant since it is a very traumatizing request to go back to the place she was victimized just a few hours earlier. Sarah’s car is still in the parking lot, and the license plate reads “Sexy Sadie” (from the Beatles song), which seems on the surface to compromise Sarah, until we later learn that it refers to her dog’s name. This clarifying information indicates that surface appearance does not always tell the whole story about a person. Sarah identifies one man, Danny (Woody Brown), and another, Kurt (Kim Kondrashoff), who raped her. A third, a college student named Bob (Steve Antin), is not present.
Kathryn takes Sarah to her home. She is poor, living in a trailer, and she says that her live-in boyfriend Larry (Tim O’Brien) likes to get stoned and fall asleep. Kathryn realizes that someone, like Sarah, coming from a lower social class, has a strike against her, since the tendency of those more economically successful citizens is to blame those below them for being failures. Of course, this attitude is a generalization that does not take into account individual situations, and how difficult it is to break out of an environment that fosters a feeling of helplessness (as was discussed in Winter’s Bone and Frozen River). Sarah’s obsession with astrology suggests her tendency to believe that one can’t control his or her destiny.
Ken takes the stand and now is the first time in the film that we get a visual account of what happened at The Mill. Ken saw and heard it all. Sarah was flirtatious and danced seductively. She did allow Danny to kiss her, but when things started to get out of hand, she tried to stop him. Ken tells how the defendants exhorted the others to rape Sarah, urging Kurt to prove his manhood by stepping up sexually. The vileness of their words is obvious as they chant “1,2,3,4, poke that pussy ‘till its sore.” Cliff, the guy with the scorpion tattoo (the illustration is also on a pinball machine at The Mill, symbolizing his and the other men’s venomous nature?) is the chief cheerleader for the rapists.
The defense in its summation argues that there are no other witnesses except Ken to corroborate that the defendants encouraged the rape. He says that Ken felt overwhelming guilt for allowing the assault to take place (which under the law is not a crime), and felt the need to rid his guilt by getting others present at The Mill to pay for what happened. Kathryn urges the jury to consider the facts concerning the physical brutality that Sarah sustained and the genuineness of Ken’s testimony.
The next film is Elizabeth.