What’s Happening In Maryville….Rapist Go Free Is What’s happening in Maryville.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Local authorities in Missouri need to hear from you right away.

 

Anonymous Joins Chorus of National Outrage over Rape Case in Maryville, Missouri

 

 

 

Sign the Petition: Stop the Maryville Coverup

 

Nearly 2 years ago, 14-year-old Daisy Coleman was raped at a party by a high school football star and grandson of a powerful local politician in Maryville, Missouri. But now, he’s walking free while Daisy and her family struggle to survive with what happened to her.

 

Immediately after the rape, Daisy and her mother went to the hospital and reported it to police. Matthew Barnett was charged, and he confessed on tape.

 

But a few months later, county prosecutor Robert Rice–who has close ties to the alleged rapist’s influential grandfather–dropped the charges. Worse, the town and high school ganged up not on the rapist, but on Daisy and her family. Classmates said they hoped she “gets what’s comin,” calling her terrible names. The Colemans were forced to move out of town, Daisy’s mom lost her job over the case, and their house was even burned to the ground–the cause of the fire still undetermined.

 

This is Steubenville all over again. And just like the Steubenville case, if thousands of us speak out and shine a national spotlight on Maryville, we can get justice for Daisy and her family. There’s a lot of national media attention on this case right now, and political leaders in Missouri are calling on state Attorney General Chris Koster to investigate the rape and the cover-up by local authorities. If we all add our voices right now, we can pressure the Attorney General to step in and make sure everyone involved is held accountable. Will you sign the petition to demand justice for Daisy?

 

Sign the petition to ask the Attorney General to investigate everyone involved in the rape and the cover-up. 

 

 

Sign the Petition: Stop the Maryville Coverup

 

 

After the rape, Barnett left Daisy in her yard, barely conscious and wearing a t-shirt. The temperature in Maryville that night was just 22 degrees. When Daisy’s mom found her passed out at her front door at 5 a.m., her wet hair was frozen, and she was injured from the attack. She cried when her mom asked her what had happened.

 

The town of Maryville seems happy to move on and forget the rape now that the charges have been dropped and the Colemans have left, but Daisy’s recovery has been slower. She has attempted suicide twice, has been hospitalized multiple times, and spent three months at a residence for struggling teens. “You’re the s-word, you’re the w-word… b-word. Just, after a while, you start to believe it,” she told a reporter about the constant torment. Barnett has gone on with his life, enrolling at Central Missouri University this year.

 

Rape is an epidemic in this country–1 in 5 women will be sexually assaulted, but only 3% of attackers ever spend a single day in jail. And when authorities ignore attacks on young girls and let rapists go free, it perpetuates a culture and justice system that tolerates rape and blames survivors for the crimes against them.

 

Prosecutor Rice told the Kansas City Star that this brutal rape was just “incorrigible teenagers” drinking and having sex–ignoring evidence collected from rape kits and bedding from the crime scene, witnesses’ accounts, and even the taped confession of the rapist. And if you thought this story couldn’t get worse, since the rape became public, Daisy’s mom has learned that other girls had tried to come forward before–but according to the sheriff, they were “all liars and… just wanted to crucify those poor innocent boys.”

 

Horrific cases like this one are becoming too familiar–from Jane Doe in Steubenville, Ohio; to Rehtaeh Parsons in Halifax, Nova Scotia; and Cherice Moralez in Billings, Montana. But we can’t let this keep happening. Can you sign the petition to make sure that Daisy’s rapist is brought to justice?

 

Add your nameSign the Petition: Stop the Maryville Coverup


You wouldn’t normally identify a sexual assault survivor by name, but Daisy and her family have come forward publicly in pursuit of justice, and their names have appeared in the media with their permission.

 

Nightmare in Maryville: Teens’ sexual encounter ignites a firestorm against family

 

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More Fallout From Steubenville, Ohio Guilty Verdict: CNN FUBAR’s Itself


 

By Jueseppi B.

 

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Yesterday the verdict in the Steubenville rape case was handed down. The judge declared that both defendants, high school football players Ma’lik Richmond and Trent Mays, were guilty on all three charges, including rape. Then Attorney General Mike DeWine requested that a grand jury be convened to decide whether further crimes had been committed.[1]

 

This was the beginning of justice being served, and that was a huge relief for everyone watching the case closely.

 

And then we turned on CNN. The coverage of the verdict was shocking. The entire CNN panel, including Candy Crowley, reporter Poppy Harlow and legal analyst Paul Callan focused on what a tragedy this was for the boys and what a shame it was that their lives had been ruined–as if the rape was some sort of unfortunate accident and they hadn’t committed a very serious, very invasive and very life-altering for the survivor, crime.[2]

 

This is a part of rape culture. Our society focuses on the lives of the boys instead of focusing on the lifetime of anguish the survivor, a 16-year-old girl, will suffer because of what these boys did. CNN didn’t focus on what this meant for Jane Doe–only sad reflections on the “destroyed” lives of these boys–boys who were caught on tape raping a girl.

 

 

 

CNN grieves that guilty verdict ruined ‘promising’ lives of Steubenville rapists

 

Published on Mar 17, 2013

CNN broke the news on Sunday of a guilty verdict in a rape case in Steubenville, Ohio by lamenting that the “promising” lives of the rapists had been ruined, but spent very little time focusing on how the 16-year-old victim would have to live with what was done to her.

 

 

 

 

Outrage over CNN’s coverage is growing, and it is time to add our voices to the chorus demanding an apology from CNN.[3] Can you sign the petition telling CNN “Shame on you!” and demanding an apology?

 

 

Tell CNN: Apologize for your Steubenville coverage now.

 

 

In our society, rape survivors are constantly shamed and viewed with suspicion, despite the enormous courage it takes to come forward. They are repeatedly called “sluts,” degraded and demeaned when they speak out. In the Steubenville case, Jane Doe was repeatedly called a “drunk” and a “slut,” even by adults.[4] This kind of behavior is what scares so many survivors from coming forward.

 

So it’s especially disturbing to see a major, respected news network focusing on the “destroyed” lives of the attackers instead of the harm they did to the survivor, her courage in coming forward, or the fact that justice was served for a crime where justice is too often elusive.   Here’s an excerpt from Raw Story about CNN’s coverage:[5]

 

 

Harlow explained that it had been “incredibly difficult” to watch “as these two young men — who had such promising futures, star football players, very good students — literally watched as they believed their life fell apart.”

“One of the young men, Ma’lik Richmond, as that sentence came down, he collapsed,” the CNN reporter recalled, adding that the convicted rapist told his attorney that “my life is over, no one is going to want me now.”

At that point, CNN played video of Richmond crying and hugging his lawyer in the courtroom.

“I was sitting about three feet from Ma’lik when he gave that statement,” Harlow said. “It was very difficult to watch.”

Candy then asked CNN legal contributor Paul Callan what the verdict meant for “a 16 year old, sobbing in court, regardless of what big football players they are, they still sound like 16 year olds.”

“What’s the lasting effect though on two young men being found guilty juvenile court of rape essentially?” Crowley wondered.

“There’s always that moment of just — lives are destroyed,” Callan remarked.

 

 

This is unacceptable, and CNN needs to know it. Can you sign the petition?

 

Tell CNN: Apologize now.

 

Thanks for speaking out,

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

 

 

Sources:
1. The Steubenville Verdict Is in, and These Boys Are Guilty, The Atlantic Wire, March 17, 2013

 

2. CNN grieves that guilty verdict ruined ‘promising’ lives of Steubenville rapists, Raw Story, March 17, 2013

 

3. CNN Reporter Labeled ‘Rape Apologist’ After Steubenville Comments, Mashable, March 18, 2013

 

4. Ohio Rape Accuser Texts: ‘I Wasn’t Being a Slut’, New York Magazine, March 15, 2013

 

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

 

5. CNN grieves that guilty verdict ruined ‘promising’ lives of Steubenville rapists, Raw Story, March 17, 2013

 

 

 

 

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The Fallout From A Guilty Rape Verdict In Steubenville, Ohio


 

By Jueseppi B.

 

 

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From the website PUBLIC SHAMING:

 

The news out of Steubenville today is a *small step* in the right direction for a town that seems to be plagued with cover-ups in an attempt to save their beloved football team. Two young men were sentenced to juvenile detention in the Steubenville rape case today. I suggest you look up what they put the victim through if you are not familiar with the story. Anyway, as per usual when the internet discusses rape, there’s some pretty horrible stuff online today.

 

Take it away, Twitter…

 

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Steubenville Rape Trial Verdict: It’s A Fuckin Joke

 

 

Want to see the face of two rapist? Want to see what it looks like to be small town football heroes who can get away with raping an innocent girl, an underage young girl, at a “house” party?

 

 

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Defendants Trent Mays, 17  and Ma’lik Richmond, 16.

 

 

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Now guess what amount of jail time Judge Thomas Lipps handed down to these two rapist…..

 

In sentencing the boys, Judge Thomas Lipps urged everyone who had witnessed what happened in the case, including parents, “to have discussions about how you talk to your friends, how you record things on the social media so prevalent today and how you conduct yourself when drinking is put upon you by your friends.”

 

Trent Mays, 17, and Ma’Lik Richmond, 16, were sentenced to at least a year in juvenile prison in a case that has rocked this Rust Belt city of 18,000 since last summer and led to allegations of a cover-up to protect theSteubenville High team. Mays was ordered to serve an additional year for photographing the underage girl naked.

 

They can be held until they turn 21.

 

The length of their sentence beyond the minimum one year will be determined by juvenile authorities; they can be held until they’re 21. Lipps said that “as bad as things have been for all of the children involved in this case, they can all change their lives for the better.”

 

The two broke down in tears after a Juvenile Court judge delivered his verdict. They later apologized to the victim and the community, Richmond struggling to speak through his sobs.

 

“My life is over,” he said as he collapsed in the arms of his lawyer.

 

Let me interject right here that the lives of rapist should be over in more ways than one, for these two young idiots.

 

 

Here’s more on the case from the AP:

 

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — “Two members of the high school football team that is the pride of Steubenville were found guilty Sunday of raping a drunken 16-year-old girl in a case that bitterly divided the Rust Belt city and led to accusations of a cover-up to protect the community’s athletes.”

 

Am I the ONLY one who finds this entire case and how a backwoods dumbass community handled this unspeakable assault and rape of a young girl…..disgusting AND despicable?

 

America is one fucked up place to live in 2013. If you have children who have yet to reach adulthood….chances are they won’t reach adulthood before being raped, assaulted, or murdered.

 

America….love it as it is…..or work like hell to change it.

 

My simple solution for any & all rapist is castration.

 

My solution for dumbasses who condone and defend rape/rapist, is simple as well…..they should be raped. Yes I know thats a very harsh way of thinking, but lets face it, as Americans, most things that are issues to one person, are not an issue to another person………..

 

Unless it is experienced first hand.

 

Murder by guns does not bother Americans unless it happens to touch their lives. Americans don’t give a damn about cancer taking a life, until someone they know dies from cancer. Americans are the most selfish self centered society on the planet.

 

Until some tragedy hits home.

 

For any human to defend a rapist or the crime of rape by saying things like “She asked for it” or “she got what she wanted/had coming”……that person needs to experience the violent act of rape.

 

First hand.

 

 

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Steubenville Rape Trial Verdict: It’s A Fuckin Joke


 

By Jueseppi B.

 

 

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Defendants Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond.

 

 

Want to see the face of two rapist? Want to see what it looks like to be small town football heroes who can get away with raping an innocent girl, an underage young girl, at a “house” party?

 

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What the American future looks like for future athletes……

 

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Now guess what amount of jail time Judge Thomas Lipps handed down to these two rapist…..

 

In sentencing the boys, Judge Thomas Lipps urged everyone who had witnessed what happened in the case, including parents, “to have discussions about how you talk to your friends, how you record things on the social media so prevalent today and how you conduct yourself when drinking is put upon you by your friends.”

 

Trent Mays, 17, and Ma’Lik Richmond, 16, were sentenced to at least a year in juvenile prison in a case that has rocked this Rust Belt city of 18,000 since last summer and led to allegations of a cover-up to protect the Steubenville High team. Mays was ordered to serve an additional year for photographing the underage girl naked.

 

They can be held until they turn 21.

 

The length of their sentence beyond the minimum one year will be determined by juvenile authorities; they can be held until they’re 21. Lipps said that “as bad as things have been for all of the children involved in this case, they can all change their lives for the better.”

 

The two broke down in tears after a Juvenile Court judge delivered his verdict. They later apologized to the victim and the community, Richmond struggling to speak through his sobs.

 

“My life is over,” he said as he collapsed in the arms of his lawyer.

 

Let me interject right here that the lives of rapist should be over in more ways than one, for these two young idiots.

 

 

Here’s more on the case from the AP:

 

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — “Two members of the high school football team that is the pride of Steubenville were found guilty Sunday of raping a drunken 16-year-old girl in a case that bitterly divided the Rust Belt city and led to accusations of a cover-up to protect the community’s athletes.”

 

Am I the ONLY one who finds this entire case and how a backwoods dumbass community handled this unspeakable assault and rape of a young girl…..disgusting AND despicable?

 

America is one fucked up place to live in 2013. If you have children who have yet to reach adulthood….chances are they won’t reach adulthood before being raped, assaulted, or murdered.

 

America….love it as it is…..or work like hell to change it.

 

 

 

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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?

 

 

Add your name.

 

 

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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