On March 19, two Ohio high school football players were found guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl in a car and then again at a post-game party. One of the two boys was also found guilty for disseminating nude photos of a minor.
Other students testified about the details of the rape that night. Many of the students actually saw the victim being carried drunk and unconscious by her feet and hands. At least one student took the picture using their cell phone.
There were students in the home, where the victim was seen lying naked on the floor of the basement that night. Yet none of the witnesses chose to report the incident or dress her and take her home.
Apparently, the victim had been unconscious for much of the night, and doesn’t remember getting home in the early hours of the following morning.
It was the photos and video of the rape circulating on social media that alerted the victim to the fact that she had been violated the previous night.
Since the investigation began, other students have been arrested for further disseminating photos. Two girls have been arrested for harassing the victim via text messaging and Twitter. They have since been released and are under house arrest with orders to stay off social media.
Ironically, it was the photo of the victim being carried by the two rapists, which was also posted on a social media site, that sparked outrage in the community and forced the investigation to get underway.
What’s worse? Numerous media outlets have spent much of the airtime dedicated to this story to “grieving the end of these rapists’ young lives…” Fox News even aired a clip in which one of the rapists named the victim. (Typically, the media has a policy about not airing the names of rape victims and doubly so, when the victim is a minor.)
Many tweets have gone out blaming the victim for being drunk. Disgusting tweets insinuate she should’ve been more thoughtful about putting herself in a position where she would put these boys in the unfair position of having to rape her. (Note: No one blamed the male victims in the Sandusky rape case. Is it because rape is somehow worse when it happens to a boy?)
Here’s just one example from Twitter of that delusional, blame-the-victim mentality, “Be responsible for your actions ladies before your drunken decisions ruin innocent lives.”
Where do I even start with that? “Innocent lives?”
Both boys carried and or disseminated the incriminating evidence on their phones that landed them in juvenile detention. And this tweet went out after the boys were charged and convicted as juveniles – a lucky break afforded to the rapists that is also head scratching to me.
And while kids make mistakes like drinking underage, crashing their cars, cheating on tests or getting pregnant, rape is a different animal altogether.
There is something inherently wrong with your hard wiring (it’s called Sociopathy) when you think it’s OK to strip, rape, tape and harass anyone by text and tweet, intoxicated or otherwise.
To further prove the lack of remorse after committing such a violation, one of the rapists texted the naked photo of the victim with the caption, “Bitches is bitches. F— ‘em,” to his friends. That got him an extra year in juvenile detention, thankfully.
And to all those kids (and now the school’s head football coach), who stood around and watched what was going on, filmed or photographed the scene with your phones, tweeted and texted harassing messages, and aided in covering up the crime, you should be deeply ashamed.
In my opinion, you were complicit.
Amy Grace is married with two children. You can read her every Friday on momaha.
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