[O]ne of the rapists, 17-year-old Trent Mays, apologizing to the victim in court on Sunday:
"I would truly like to apologize to [redacted], her family, my family and the community," Mays said. "No picture [of the rape] should have been sent around, let alone even taken."
Show me a prison, show me a jail
Show me a pris'ner whose face has grown pale
And I'll show you a young man
With many reasons why
There but for fortune, go you or I
"So far, those two are the only ones to even face charges, but that soon may change," Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said Sunday after Mays and Richmond were found guilty of raping the 16-year-old.
After Mays and Richmond were taken into custody, Attorney General DeWine said he planned to convene a grand jury next month to investigate whether anyone else should be charged in the case.
"We've gathered a lot of evidence, but we cannot put this to bed. We cannot bring finality to this without the convening of the grand jury," DeWine said, according to CBS affiliate WBNS in Columbus.
Noting that 16 people refused to talk to investigators, many of them underage, DeWine said possible crimes to be investigated include failure to report a felony and failure to report child abuse.
"This community desperately needs to have this behind them, but this community also desperately needs to know justice was done and that no stone was left unturned," he said.
2 high school football players found guilty of raping a drunken 16-year-old girl in Steubenville, Ohio.
How about to imply that the crime was especially heinous because the perpetrators took advantage of an incapacitated young woman?
"Yeah Trent Mays, manipulative sociopath. He put unbelievable amounts of pressure on our victim. 'You know what happened, you know what happened, you know this didn't happen. Tell your parents, if this goes forward it's only going to get worse; I love you.' That kind of manipulation is tough for a grown woman much less a 16-year-old girl who was still trying to piece together what had happened to her," said [Special Prosecutor Marianne] Hemmeter.
...they did with most people in their situation would have done
The best way to show you support Jane Doe is to make a donation, however small and leave a Paypal note when you do saying “In the name of Jane Doe, Steubenville.” They are telling her how many people donate in her name so it’s a direct way of letting her know.
In a case where she has been so effectively silenced and sidelined, I think acknowledging she’s been heard is particularly important.
She deserves so much more respect than the mainstream media have given her.
“It did not matter what school you went to, what city you lived in, or what sport you’ve played. Human compassion is not taught by a teacher, a coach or a parent. It is a God-given gift instilled in all of us. You displayed not only a lack of this compassion, but a lack of any moral code. Your decisions that night affected countless lives, including those most dear to you. You were your own accuser through the social media that you chose to publish your criminal conduct on. This does not define who my daughter is. She will persevere, grow and move on. I have pity for you both. I hope you fear the Lord, repent for your actions, and pray hard for forgiveness.”
We need to ask the question whether the jock culture at Steubenville was a catalyst for this crime. We need to ask whether there’s something inherent in the men’s sports of the twenty-first century, which so many lionize as a force for good, that can also create a rape culture of violent entitlement. I am not asking if playing sports propels young men to rape. I am asking if the central features of men’s sports—hero worship, entitlement and machismo—make incidents like Steubenville more likely to be replicated. There are many germs in the Petri dish of sports. Growing up I had the great fortune of having big-hearted, politically conscious coaches, some of whom patrolled sexism in the locker room with a particular vigilance. As the great Joe Ehrmann has written so brilliantly, a “transformational coach” can work wonders. But different germs also exist. Ken Dryden, Hall of Fame NHL goalie, once said, ”It’s really a sense of power that comes from specialness…. anyone who finds himself at the center of the world they’re in has a sense of impunity.”
"Shortly after the trial of the two teenage Steubenville, Ohio, rapists ended in their conviction Wednesday, another pair of teens in the same Ohio county of Jefferson allegedly took to Twitter and Facebook to decry the verdict and threaten the victim. And on Monday, police arrested the two girls, ages 15 and 16, for the menacing the victim. The older one has been charged with aggravated menacing "for a tweet that threatened homicide and said 'you ripped my family apart,'" the Associated Press reports. Police charged the younger girl with menacing for a Facebook post that "threatened the accuser with bodily harm." The two were in a juvenile lockup on Monday, waiting to go before a judge on Tuesday, CNN reported."
In an exclusive audio clip provided to CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, the mother of the 16-year-old Steubenville rape victim said she hoped the crime against her daughter would raise awareness about sexual assault.
“My family and I are hopeful that we can put this whole ordeal behind us,” she said. “We need and deserve to focus on our daughters future. We hope that from this something good can arise. I feel I have an opportunity to bring an awareness to others, possibly change the mentality of a youth or help a parent to have more of an awareness to where their children are and what they are doing.”
“The adults need to take responsibility guide these children,” she continued. “I ask every person listening what if this was your daughter, your sister or your friend? We need to stress the importance of helping those in need and to stand up for what is right. We all have that option to choose. This is the start of a new beginning for my daughter. I ask that you all continue to pray for her and all victims and please respect our privacy as we help our family to heal. Thank you.”
"I knew one person had a fake I.D.," Ma'lik said. "People had Bud Light Platinum, and different variety of beers and vodka. Everybody was drinking."
(From the rosy abcnews interview with one of the players).
That seems awfully specific
posted by Mezentian at 19:23 on March 19 [1 favorite +] [!]
Those who are agonizing about wasted lives might spend their time on the inadequacy and, in many states, effective abandonment of the juvenile-justice system, and how kids who have done even less than these two are, too often, thrown in with adult offenders and written off. ... But first, they should think about a sixteen-year-old girl walking through a town in West Virginia, wondering if she has any friends in the world.
The pictures from Steubenville don’t just show a girl being raped. They show that rape being condoned, encouraged, celebrated. What type of culture could possibly produce such pictures? Only one in which women's autonomy and right to safety counts for so little that these rapists, and those who held the cameras, felt themselves 'perfectly justified'. Only one in which rape and sexual humiliation of women and girls is so normalised that it does not register as a crime in the minds of the assailants. Only one in which victims are powerless, silenced, dismissed. It is impossible to imagine that in such a culture, assault and humiliation of this kind would not be routine - and indeed, the most conservative estimates suggest that ninety thousand women and ten thousand men are raped in the United States alone every year. That’s what makes the Steubenville case so very uncomfortable - and so important.
An Ohio judge has sentenced T.J. Lane, the Ohio teen charged with shooting three students to death and wounding three others last February, to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Lane showed up to his sentencing wearing a white T-shirt with the word "KILLER" in capital letters scrawled on it -- the same word police say he had emblazoned on his shirt the day of the shootings at Chardon High School.
... Lane has not given a motive for the shootings, which rocked the tiny town 30 miles outside Cleveland. He gave only a short, defiant statement in the courtroom on Tuesday: "This hand that pulled the trigger that killed your sons now masturbates to their memory. F--- all of you."
Gasps were heard in the courtroom as Lane then proceeded to stick up his middle finger at both his own relatives and those of his victims ...
Geauga County Judge David Fuhry sentenced Lane to three life sentences without eligibility for parole for three counts of murder, plus 8 years for a fourth count of attempted aggravated murder, 6 years for a fifth count of attempted aggravated murder, and 6 years for a sixth count of felonious assault.
In handing him the sentences, Fuhry said Lane lacked remorse for the killings, which he planned on his own. Fuhry called the shootings a "merciless rampage," according to WKYC.com.
Now more than ever, the press is a part of every story it covers. And CNN's "Reliable Sources" is one of television's only regular programs to examine how journalists do their jobs and how the media affect the stories they cover. Host Howard Kurtz, Washington Bureau Chief of The Daily Beast, is the nation's premier media critic, and each week he questions print reporters, television correspondents and Internet bloggers about how the press is covering the major stories of the week.
...we are a very long way from grasping the notion that sexual assailants aren’t always faceless monsters with lengthy rap sheets. The idea that a rapist could be a good-looking, popular guy with a “promising future” doesn’t jibe with the comfortable, easily compartmentalized image of him as a glowering sketch of a guy in a ski mask on a Wanted poster. We don’t like to imagine that a rapist could be a classmate or a friend or a son. Certainly not a young man who belongs to our idolized class of individuals – our athletes. We love our boys. We love them to the extent that we couch their sex crimes in terms of how terrible the course of justice is for them.
It doesn't have to be RAPING ANYONE. For instance you go down a 25 street at 35 because you're in a hurry for some event and a kid runs out into the street from between two cars. Now what?
if a woman were to holler at me/wake me up with sex/grab my ass I'd be flattered
The story is disturbingly familiar.
A teenage girl goes to some kind of get-together, maybe a party.
She is raped by multiple assailants.
The rape is photographed and distributed via social media.
The girl is subjected to horrifying acts of bullying and shaming. She is branded a slut. Her life becomes a living hell.
This girl is not Steubenville’s Jane Doe, although their stories bear a remarkable resemblance. This girl is Rehtaeh Parsons, a 17-year-old from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, who hanged herself on April 4th, a year and a half after being raped. Her family took her off life support this past Sunday.
Reading the account of what happened to Rehtaeh is like watching a deadly accident slowly, methodically unfolding in front of you. And there are bystanders, plenty of bystanders, who had any number of opportunities to step in and do something, but none of them do.
And, in many ways, you are one of these bystanders, too. I am, too. We all are.
The boys are accused of taking photos of the attack and sharing them at school, as well as texting them and posting them online.
After learning that photos had been posted on the Internet, the 15-year-old Potts wrote in an online post that her life was ruined. She took her own life a few days later.
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