When Gang Rape In America Becomes A Joke….”Boys Will Be Boys”…..


By Jueseppi B.

 

 

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Kat Barr, UltraViolet:

 

 

“They raped her… They raped her quicker than Mike Tyson raped that one girl… she is so raped.”

 

 

That’s what a local man, who has been identified and is known to the media and police, said on camera about the now-infamous gang rape of a teenage girl by members of the Steubenville, Ohio high school football team last August. In the 12-minute video he is barely able to speak through his laughter.[1] He also tweeted that night that “Song of the night is definitely Rape Me by Nirvana.”[2] The girl was carried, unconscious, to different parties and raped at multiple locations throughout the night. And the dozens of teens who were there didn’t try to stop them, get help or call the police–instead they took photos and posted jokes about the attack on Twitter.[3]

 

 

Now, months later, local police are still dragging their feet and a special prosecutor has taken over the case. But only two people were arrested, and none of the teens who photographed or tweeted jokes about the crime have been held accountable. Despite the petitions, the protests, and the media attention, the sheriff announced that nobody else will be charged.[4] The city even released a statement claiming that Ohio law gives them no recourse against people who took photos or posted comments online while the girl was attacked.[5]

 

 

But under Ohio law, failing to report a felony is a crime.[6] And based on his 12-minute video, this man not only knew about the rape, but witnessed it.[7] It’s outrageous that local authorities are sweeping this under the rug–but it’s not too late for the special prosecutors to charge him and others involved. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is paying attention to the media coverage and public outrage about this case, and UltraViolet has joined with NOW, Justice for Children, and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence to call on him to prosecute the man. Can you sign our petition that demands that DeWine prosecute anyone who knowingly failed to report the crime?

 

 

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Last August, the 16-year-old girl and her parents found out she was raped the next day by reading about it on social networks and the local news.[8] In recent weeks, Steubenville has been under a media spotlight while photos, videos, and posts to sites like Twitter and Instagram have surfaced. The crime was documented online in real time by teens on their phones.[9] It’s painfully clear that people were there, they knew about it, and some have even tried to cover it up after the fact.

 

 

But months later, only two boys have been charged with the rape. More than 70,000 UltraViolet members have signed a petition to Attorney General Mike DeWine demanding that everyone involved be held accountable. And just this Saturday, hundreds of people rallied in downtown Steubenville to demand justice for the survivor–the third rally since December. But the town is divided, and many people are supporting their local football heroes and blaming the survivor for the crimes committed against her.

 

 

We know the Attorney General is paying attention to the media scrutiny–just a few weeks ago, Ohio State University students delivered petitions to his office. He personally met with them to discuss the case and accept the 70,000 signatures from UltraViolet members. But we’re running out of time to make sure that others involved are charged. The law is clear–in Ohio, it’s a crime to knowingly fail to report a felony.  Can you sign the petition to demand justice for the survivor?

 

 

Add your name.

 

 

Thanks for speaking out,

 

Nita, Shaunna, Kat, and Karin, the UltraViolet team

 

 

Sources:

 

1. The Steubenville Gang Rape – A Timeline *Slight Update*, DailyKos, January 3, 2013

 

 

 

2. How An Alleged Rape Involving Ohio High School Football Players Unfolded On Twitter, Instagram, And YouTube, Deadspin, December 17,2012

 

 

3. Rape Case Unfolds on Web and Splits City, New York Times, December 16, 2012

 

 

 

4. Steubenville Rape Case: Ohio Sheriff Confronts Protesters, Huffington Post, January 7, 2013

 

 

 
5. Online outrage over Ohio rape case prompts city website, CNN, January 5, 2013

 

 

 

6. 2921.22 Failure to report a crime or knowledge of a death or burn injury, Ohio Revised Code

 

 

 

7. The Steubenville Gang Rape – A Timeline *Slight Update*, DailyKos, January 3, 2013

 

 

 

8. Rape Case Unfolds on Web and Splits City, New York Times, December 16, 2012

 

 

 

9. The Steubenville Gang Rape – A Timeline *Slight Update*, DailyKos, January 3, 2013

 

 

 

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16 Responses

  1. This is inhumane. Everyone involve needs to be held accountable, It is disgusting.

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  2. I have already signed. I speak to juvenile sex offenders who are already in the system, I talk about my own experiences 45 years ago. I tell them about empathy about what rape does to both them and their victim. I tell them what this does, sometimes I can make them cry other times they just look at me like it isn’t real.

    The reality is, unless it happens to them; their sister, their mother it isn’t real. The deficiency of empathy and compassion in our culture today is growing.

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    • Long story short, our society is in the toilet swirling downward after someone has flushed. I am sorry you suffered 45 years ago. I am happy you have survived. Good to see you working out your past and helping others along the way. :lol:

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  3. All it would have taken is one real man to stand up and say hey, this isn’t right. Just 1. I understand that they are kids(14-18 I believe?) but 1 of them should have had a pair and said no. Or fought for this girls dignity. Yes he probably would have been curb stomped, but he would have done significant damage on the way down. Made a lot of noise. Made people uncomfortable. I would have had I been there, even when I was a teenager. And I am just appalled that not one single guy in that house, or houses thought even for a second, hey, this isn’t right. Unacceptable just is not a strong enough term.

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    • It is indicative of the mentality of today’s feelings about women. That mentality is not helped at all when an American political party labels rape as insignificant and an act of God. I blame parenting and our blatant disrespect for females. Young males repeat what they see and hear from adults.

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  4. This is a travesty. We can hardly point fingers at countries like India when this occurs in our heartland.

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    • It is what America has become. No respect for women. The GOPukes are responsible for portraying women as second class citizens.

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  5. I am disgusted and horrified. That it could have happened at all implicates an ugly culture, and often worse where athletic teams are involved, of encouraging “boys to be boys” and then looking the other way. The example set here should not be one where callous rapists can abuse a helpless person and get away with it.

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  6. Heartbreaking…

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