Sheriff Abdalla Should Care More About Steubenville Rape Victim And Less About Peaceful Protesters

twitterhollyThe second Occupy Steubenville protest takes place tomorrow at noon in front of the Steubenville City Hall. Protesters are traveling from all over the country in support of the victim who was sexually assaulted at parties held in mid-August of last year. There will be rape survivors and advocates speaking. There will be people associated with Anonymous, as well as parents, grandmothers, children and concerned citizens attending who have never heard of Anonymous. I have been following this case closely. As some of you know, I tend to get a little bit “bitchy” about rape. Another aspect of this case that is making me “bitchy” is the amount of false information I have seen regarding this case, and the protestors, that has been in the media recently. For example, an article published by WTRF yesterday:

“When they came into the county last Saturday, I had respect for them. I thought their cause was right. They thought there was some injustice going on. You have a right to stand up for that but when you cross the line and start character assassination, they’ve lost their mission,” says Abdalla.

“When you’re under character assassination, how do you defend yourself? It’s difficult to do that but when these people come into this county and tell me it’s a dirty county and they wouldn’t live here and it’s corrupt and they wouldn’t live here then don’t live here! But I do live here and so do about 70,000 other people live in this county but I happen to be proud of this county, this city, the big red football program, and the people in this town,” adds Abdall.
There are good people who live in Steubenville, Ohio. I have seen this sentiment expressed numerous times, by many people. Even though the majority of people feel that there has been injustice in this case regarding the preferential treatment of the alleged perpetrators involved in the alleged rape, the city of Steubenville is not some sort of target by anyone. The main sentiment I have seen echoed by writers following this case, protestors attending the rally, people posting on social media, and organizers of the event is “justice for the victim.”

Sheriff Abdalla is proud of his town but when it comes to the video released Wednesday, he called it  disgusting. And that video has attracted even more national coverage to the case.

“This is all over the world now. It’s in the Huffington Post and New York Times but some of these papers are reporting this stuff based on what this Anonymous is telling them. How do you support what they’re saying? Where’s your proof? I thought newspapers where to be able to back it up with good, solid information. How can you do a story when someone is giving you information that’s not even factual?” says Abdalla.

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    • http://www.8bitdad.com Zach Rosenberg

      I like that the vocabulary changes when someone doesn’t like the reporting. When it’s favorable, CNN’s in town “investigating the issue”. When it’s not, CNN’s in town “trying to dig up information.”

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

        Thank you for noticing that. To me that was such a bizarre biased statement to make from an actual news source.

    • http://twitter.com/AnonymousCLT Grphx

      Great article! Read this now!

    • http://www.facebook.com/paul.white.3532507 Paul White

      Oh, poor little sheriff flubbed his job and is butt hurt over it! I’m so sorry man, here’s a kleenex? WTH did he think would happen…

    • Bitchy Mcbitchbitch

      Great article as usual Eve.. “Steubenville is a bad place” “Steubenville is corrupt” “The people of Steubenville…” I don’t feel this way about the entire area at all and i know many don’t. I’m willing to bet, those that are interviewing and feel this way are fearful that their precious football program will swan dive with these recent allegations. (insert sarcasticBooHoo IMO) Their Athletic Department with close knit ties to the corrupt government gives the area the bad reputation at this point. Abdalla, to be blunt, is shitting his pants because so many circles have been talked and walked now, and the people (now of the world) are watching…closely. There are PLENTY of local businesses and residents in support of the protest, Radio Shack donated to last weeks protest (back up batteries I think) I am pretty sure a local restaurant is donating food for protesters tomorrow. I for one, will be making the trek from New England to be there, I’ll be one, standing with my brothers and sisters in support of JaneDoe, her family, other residents that may be victims that have had corruption and coverup over the decades make their statements null and void, and to praise Anonymous for the dedication and hard work in bringing this story to light and to bring justice for those that may have not been able to do it on their own. And if I feel Rape, corruption and cover up is wrong, and someone calls me bitchy about it, then Eve you an I should get lunch together sometime. ;)

      • wh

        I think the football program should be shut down. All the videos and tweets by these boys is disgusting!

    • informed

      Listen tonight to an interview with the Sheriff on Behind the Yellow tape. Listen to past in depth interviews and see notes about the case that has been extensively research by Joey Ortega. It will air tonight – Friday the 4th at 7:00pm PST.

      http://behindtheyellowtape.me/2013/01/03/real-discussion-real-facts-no-hype-no-masks-friday-7pm-pst/

    • ScottA

      Has anybody asked Abdalla where he got HIS facts to be able to dispute what Anonymous is saying? Has anybody asked the state coaches association to look into how the coach is acting? And the Walrus With the Website: Does he just like hanging out around underage kids? If he was a true contributor he would have enlisted some students to run the site for him.

      Wonder if any of these criminals is good enough to play in college? Be a shame if the schools were provided this information and they lost their chance.

      Time for these kids to act like adults and own up to this. And get their parents out from hiding under the rug.

    • wh
    • GraduatedfromhighschoolnoGED

      Eve, how would you handle this differently?