• Wed, Dec 26 2012

Anonymous Takes On ‘Rape Crew’ From Steubenville, Ohio – Demands Justice For Victim

A_Cqd1uCMAE8tCnSome of you may be familiar with the rape case involving a 16-year-old girl and members of the Steubenville, Ohio football team and other teenagers from the area that occurred on August 11th. For those of you unfamiliar with the case, The New York Times has a lengthy article that explains everything, from the parties where the rapes occurred to how social media has played a part in the case. Some highlights include information about photographs posted of the victim, unconscious and naked, being dragged all over town and allegations that she was urinated on by members of the football team, along with the hashtags #rape and #drunkgirl.

The mother of the victim is quoted as saying:

The mother added: “I do feel like they’ve had preferential treatment, and it’s unreal, almost like we’re part of a TV show. It’s like a bad “CSI” episode. What those boys did was disgusting, disgusting, and for people to stand up for them, that’s disgusting, too.”

Anonymous agrees with the victim’s mother, so they decided that even though the victim doesn’t have the support of an entire community of football fans behind her, they would be more than happy to be on her team. Anonymous and NightSec (Who is Anonymous, but just a subgroup that exists within Anonymous, which makes no sense, because even my almost 70-year-old mother is now Anonymous) has released a statement and preliminary dox on the case. 

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  • Aaron O

    There is a lot of misinformation out there regarding this issue. “Local law enforcement hasn’t done enough to protect the rights of this girl.” I’m not sure how you can back that up. Two boys have been charged with rape and have been in jail since August. The county prosecutor recused herself and asked the state of Ohio to appoint two special prosecutors – which the State did. Those two special prosecutors are from Columbus – over three hour’s drive from Steubenville and no ties to the local community. Those are the people responsible for prosecuting any crimes that have occurred. How does this play into your narrative?

    • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

      And how long did it take them to make the arrests after the girl was brought to the hospital and the parents showed the police a flash drive with photos and a video on it? One week. What about all the other kids who posted photos and videos online of the girl being dragged around like a “dead person” but did nothing when it was going on? Those kids don’t deserve to be punished?

    • Aaron O

      It would be up to the state prosecutors to make the determination on whether anymore kids should be punished. And inasmuch as the local judge also recused himself, the visiting judge from Hamilton County would hear the case on the merits.

      I simply wanted to draw your attention to the fact that your anger at the locals is misdirected.

    • Byron

      I think the point of Anon is that the two people charged are mere scapegoats who “took the fall” in order to protect the town’s valuable star athletes who ALSO are culpable and ought to be punished. They are saying that those two who are being accused of rape are acting as a distraction so that they can protect the rest of the accomplishes in the assault, taking more of the blame than they deserve, so that the school’s team can keep winning.

      Notice, anon isn’t asking for police to do anything, it’s asking for the rapists to apologize to the victim. They do not say that the justice system should be involved, only that those who took part or were onlookers ought to own up to what they did publicly. Weather or not that has something in relation to police or law or anything, it is not mentioned.

    • Jen

      Her anger at the locals is absolutely appropriate. ADULTS are backing these children. ADULTS are ok with no repercussions for those who “just watched”. I’m sure some teenager showed their mother/father those photos that were posted in that week and those parents did nothing. Disgusting. Just because 2 people were arrested doesn’t mean “oh its all ok now.” This community is blaming a victim, persecuting her for coming forward, football coaches are defending the dispicable actions of their players. Officers and prosecution had to be begged to follow through. That is not acceptable. I remember when I was in High School (12 years ago, I’m not THAT old) our players were benched if they failed to wear a tie to school on game day, our star quarterback was suspended for 4 games for swearing at a teacher. And we were good team. These boys even if they didn’t actively participate need to know their actions were unacceptable. In a city where football is God, the football coach cutting them for their behavior might make them get it. But now they are going to continue on with their sense of entitlement and think that as long as they don’t actively participate in something awful it’s ok. Watching someone be raped, urinated on, paraded around unconscious, photographed while unconscious is foul and disgusting and is NOT ok. Those kids need to understand that the lack of action when a fellow human is being mistreated is just as bad as actively hurting that person.

    • anonymous

      Let’s pretend for argument’s sake that your’e right, Aaron. Let’s pretend that everyone who has had any role in this case has been dealt with. Moving forward from that, your comment is still in terrible taste. Of all the “men” speaking out, have you, Aaron, asked yourself what you would do if this were your daughter? Your sister? Your mother? Would you make this same comment? If yes, drink rat poison. If no, keep reading.

      Your narrative is nothing new to me. I was raised in a small town and now live in a small town – both of where this happened. You know what happened next, in both towns? People recused themselves. Changes of venues were begged. Nobody wanted to touch the cases, so nobody did. They went away. Girls were taught this didn’t matter, boys were taught it was okay.

      While you, Aaron and others like you, may not care about how justice is carried out in your town, we do. You can thank when it’s your family who gets steamrolled by local politics and parents trying to secure scholarships for their sons.

    • Aaron O

      What are you TALKING about? It’s obvious you have no real understanding of how the justice system works. People have been charged and are awaiting their trial date. Who got “steamrolled”? Tell me what you would like done?

    • meteor_echo

      Justice. I see none in this case, and you’re being a rape apologist.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Judy-Block-Jones/1065937918 Judy Block-Jones

    The lengthy New York Times story last week provides chilling details about the rape of a girl and the inadequate response to that crime by Steubenville school officials.

    After reading about this case, we cannot help but see some parallels between this situation and that which occurred at Penn State. Although the crimes are different, it is a fact of both cases that in each there is a definite mystique around the football program and a cult of personality surrounding the coach (Paterno at PSU, and Reno Saccoccia in Steubenville). In both cases, the love of football has prevented the proper investigation into the alleged rape and the punishment of those involved.

    We call on the school board to suspend Coach Saccoccia for his behavior. The fact that he has refused to take any real disciplinary steps towards the football players that either witnessed or in some way abetted the alleged rape is disturbing, and his treatment of the New York Times journalist who spoke to him about the case is frightening. His actions are indicative of someone who cares more about their win-loss record than about the young people they are supposed to be improving.

    We also urge the school board to examine the actions of Superintendent Michael McVey and Principal Shawn Crosier. We are disappointed that they left all disciplinary decisions up to Coach Saccoccia, and the fact that they failed to follow up with any of the students in attendance at the party where the alleged rape occurred is distressing. This sad case has all the tell tale signs of an attempted cover-up, and our hearts ache for the victim in this case who has been subjected to undue scrutiny and blame. We hope that the added attention on Steubenville High School will result in justice for the victim, repercussions for the alleged rapists, and accountability for Steubenville officials.

    Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511. snapjudy@gmail.com,

    “SNAP (The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 12,000 members. Despite the word priest in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, teachers, Protestant ministers and increasingly, victims who were assaulted in a wide range of institutional settings like orphanages, summer camps, athletic programs, Boy Scouts, etc.”

  • anon.

    what I find ridiculous is that this confession video is lying around and Michael Nodianos isn’t arrested. He is off at Ohio State with a scholarship. i’m sorry but wtf? let’s fucking book his ass. He deserves nothing but jail time. I’d love to see him rot in a cell while he get’s it up his ass while getting pissed on. Disgusting human being, doesn’t even have the right to call himself a man.