The Steubenville Ohio Rape Case, Allegedly Involving An Entire Football Team, Continues To Develop [UPDATED]

anonymousI’ve been reporting on the Steubenville, Ohio rape case and the protests that will take place at the Steubenville City Hall, the first one commencing tomorrow at noon. The protest has been organized by NightSec but it’s not just Anonymous who will be there, parents, senior citizens, media outlets and people from all over will be attending the event. Activist and television comedian Roseanne Barr (Who is now shown wearing a Guy Fawkes Anonymous mask, which goes to prove, Moms Love Anonymous) has said she will be supporting the peaceful demonstration. For those of you unfamiliar with the case, The Young Turks aired a video which gives a good recap. Warning: There are some graphic and truly horrifying images shown in the video at about the 3:24 mark:

One of the most fascinating aspects about this case, and one of the only truly “bright spots” in a case of vicious rape involving teenagers, is the fact that it has garnered public attention, worldwide public attention, due to the relentless reporting since day one by writer Alexandria Goddard, aka Prinnie. Because Goddard wrote about the case, and included screenshots of photographs and tweets made by the party-goers, she had a lawsuit filed against her and some of the people who commented on the story on her blog, named only in the case by their screen names and IP addresses.

tweets Yesterday, the case against Goddard was dropped:

On behalf of myself and the John Doe defendants, we are very pleased to announce that the defamation lawsuit filed against us has been dismissed with prejudice. Dismissals with prejudice mean that this case can never be refiled again and this lawsuit is officially over.

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    • Holly

      Im so proud of Prinnie and her tireless efforts to bring this horrible situation to light, and I hope the victim now knows that their are so many people ‘out there’ that support HER and not Big Red.
      Every single person failed this young girl that night.. we can not fail her again.

      • john

        Amen to that.!

    • righteousbadass

      When are parents going to start doing a better job of raising their daughters? This girl obviously had bad parents that did not inform her of the modern dangers of being a teen girl. At the very least her pussy father should be kicking someones ass. I broke the nose of a douche senior jock after I witnessed him grab my 17 yr old daughters ass and make vulgar comments to her. I also had a little chat with his douche father. You have to show NO MERCY to douche bags like these Stupidville football players.

      • meteor_echo

        Let me fix this for you:
        When are parents going to start doing a better job of raising their sons? We don’t need to talk to possible rape victims, we need to talk to possible rapists.

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

        I love you so hard.

      • LiteBrite

        I cannot like this comment enough.

        I can tell you right now my husband would be kicking our son’s ass 10 ways ’til Sunday if he ever participated in something like this, although hopefully we will have raised him so that he wouldn’t even remotely consider this situation.

      • Imalia

        This. Just, this.

      • whiteroses

        This. As a parent, if I thought that my son participated in something like this, I’d be kicking his ass. I’d be kicking it also if he was one of the ones who stood by. I hope to raise him in such a way that if it ever comes down to it, he’d be a kid who would see what was happening and stop it.
        Those who just stood by- male and female- are just as guilty as the perps. You know who isn’t guilty? The girl. Or her parents.

      • Mel

        So, according to you, it’s only males who rape people, right Meteor? Please. Let’s not go making outrageous statements. Think a little bit.

      • Leigha7

        Were there any female rapists involved in this situation? If not, your point is completely irrelevant here. This is about a particular incident, not a broad discussion of rape in general.

      • CMJ

        Ugh, just ugh on you.

    • grevyturty

      ALL colleges in the US need to refuse to admit any of the nauseating sub human animals involved in this rape. ALL of them must be convicted and permanently register as sex offenders. No more jockocracy, no more jock worship.

    • lucygoosey74

      I’ve been out of the media loop for a few days, and just heard about this atrocity today. Words can’t express how deeply disturbed and disgusted I am, and how my heart just bleeds for that poor girl. I cannot imagine the hell that she has been put through, not only by the rapists but by the people that watched, laughed, and did nothing to help..and calling her a WHORE on top of it. What the fuck is wrong with people, honestly, how can they even live with themselves?! I’m becoming a big fan of Anonymous lately, and I love that these assholes are being exposed for the horrible people that they are. Should their personal information be published? Hell yes it should. The victim got no privacy, these kids thought it would be a real laugh to put this shit online, mocking a girl during what will undoubtedly be the most horrific event of her life. I have no sympathy for the disgusting kids who stood by and did nothing..I hope they all get exactly what they deserve. I’ll be praying for the victim.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=583080781 Fiona Beswick

        They are guilty. Ok, but now, just for sake of argument, imagine they had been innocent. And imagine they had been your sons. Suddenly accused by Anonymous and their information published. Never mind about their guilt. This is very scary that Anonymous is wielding such power.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mr.beela Steven J. Gransee

      This assault is just one story, in one town, these situations have been going on way too long, and too many people turn a blind eye, or even worse in this case, turn on a camera, snap a photo, as a momentum of the night that girl got raped. She is a human being and clearly many people thought this was okay, and she deserved it, sickening, but there must have been someone who will be tormented for life at what they witnessed, someone who knew this was wrong, and still did nothing. I hope the guilt they have for not trying to stop the assault encourages them to come forward and testify on behalf of this poor girl. As if raping an unconcious girl isnt bad enough, the effort to degrade and shame someone who had no control or knowledge of what was being done to her is shameful. Do you people have sisters, would you watch your sibling be dragged from party to party and raped, justifying the disgusting action of these animals because she was over intoxicated, had sexual relations in the past, when I was a teenager, I drank, I partied, but when I saw a young girl being victimized, I interviened, sometimes letting someone know that you think what they are about to do is gross, not cool, and unacceptable is all it takes. Shame the rapist, not the victim.

    • ziaira

      stupid stuff lykke bhyee.

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