• Sat, Jan 5 2013

Occupy Steubenville: Heartbreaking Stories Of Rape And Demands For Justice Live Now

A_3NyI7CUAE0FVEThe Occupy Steubenville protest is going on right now. I will link to the live streams at the bottom of the post, so those of you interested in watching can do so. The protest has been peaceful so far, save for some angry people at the beginning who were protesting the group trying to speak to Sheriff Abdalla. The protest has also been amazingly difficult to watch at times. There have been numerous speeches made by women from Steubenville and other areas who have been speaking about their own rapes. There was a 11-year-old girl who broke down in tears speaking about how she is terrified of ever being raped.

Sheriff Abdalla also spoke to the protesters about how he was moved by the stories of rape and sexual assault. He has two daughters and four granddaughters and has claimed he has arrested over 200 individuals for sexually molesting children. The crowd has been very polite in letting him speak and he said some very powerful statements in regard to victims of sexual abuse, especially children. When asked when he saw the video of Nodianos that was recently shown on numerous websites and CNN, he claimed he viewed it only three days ago, which was met by anger and disbelief from the protestors.

There is talk of a candlelight vigil being held to honor rape victims this evening. There are currently over 1,000 protesters present. The case continues to unfold, and I’m sure there will be new updates and information as the days progress. The main theme of the day is justice for not only the Jane Doe victim in the Steubenville case, but justice for all victims.

It’s heartbreaking, and touching, and history-making that so many people have gathered to  support the Jane Doe victim and all victims of rape. Moments ago, a masked self-proclaimed Anonymous removed his mask to stand in solidarity with the women who bravely stood before the crowd to tell their stories. This post will be updated as needed, in the meantime, links are below.

A friend of the family of the Jane Doe victim just spoke to protestors to offer the thanks from the family for supporting her, followed by a moment of silence for rape victims.

The following streams are showing the protest live. You may have to try different links to find one that works for your viewing.

http://www.cnn.com/video/flashLive/live.html?stream=stream1

http://m.ustream.tv/channel/whitekid-tatted

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/oprollredroll
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ominotago1972

(Photo: Twitter)

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  • Justme

    FYI….the city of Steubenville has put together this website. Figured you would be interested.

    http://steubenvillefacts.squarespace.com/

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

      I have seen, it should be terribly *interesting* when updates are made.

    • Justme

      “Nothing in Ohio’s criminal statutes makes it a crime for someone to ridicule a rape victim on a video or otherwise say horrible things about another person. Further, nothing in the law allows someone who says repugnant things on Twitter, Facebook, or other Internet sites to be criminally charged for such statements. ”

      Unfortunately I’m sure this is true (as frustrating as it is)….but is there something in the law that states you can be considered an accessory to a crime if you see one happening and do nothing to stop it?

      “Of the 38 officers in the Steubenville Police Department, approximately 8 graduated from Steubenville City Schools (home of the “Big Red” sports teams). The remaining 30 officers graduated from other school districts in and out of state.”

      So what. I’ve been to small town cities here in Texas where football is king. It doesn’t matter where you come from, there are always long-time townspeople who will do anything to get their way….especially when it comes to their children and football.

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

      I would have to oppose any statute requiring people to intervene in a crime in progress.

      Consider this example: I’m taking my son, in his stroller (he’s 2 months) for a walk in the park and witness 4-5 young men harassing a woman, mugging a man,, whatever, and take video footage and call the cops. Yet I don’t intervene because I cannot take on that many people…and I have my kid with me. The best I can do with any degree of safety is call 911 and get footage to help with a conviction–while being ready to hoof it if they come after me. But under that law, I’d be liable. Even if you put in place a stipulation that simply calling the cops counts as giving assistance, what happens to people without cell phones (that’d have been me till 2 months ago).

      If I don’t have Sam with me, and I’m carrying a handgun, I *might* repeat *might* forcibly intervene, but only if I’m armed. Trying to go head to head with multiple opponents is the stuff of movies, not real life, and you’d most likely be another victim and do little to nothing for the one they’re on.

    • Justme

      Let me clarify…..could they reprimanded for not reporting the crime or providing evidence/testimony for the prosecution? Or even impeding an investigation by withholding information?

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

      There’s almost certainly laws on the books about that in their jurisdiction (most jurisdictions have something about it AFAIK) but I don’t know the specifics and I’m not a lawyer.

    • Justme

      I wasn’t asking for an answer, just rephrasing my rhetorical question so it made more sense to you.

    • Everybodhi

      Well, those kids had the technology in their hands for the video footage, they just didn’t bother with calling the police. They were at the home of the original prosecuting attorney at one point, but, that didn’t help the poor girl either.

  • Everybodhi

    If I have a party at my home with underage kids drinking alcohol and the cops find out, I will be arrested.
    Why have none of the adults that hosted these parties been arrested?
    They were allowing minors to drink alcohol, carry an unconscious underage girl from house to house, and some adult allowed a gun with a scope on the floor in a house full of drunk teenagers.
    Why have they not been charged?
    Is it because one of them was the original prosecuting attorney and two more were assistant coaches?

  • Alan

    Watched from the UK via live stream and have to say I found the protest incredible and powerfully moving, the victims who spoke out about being raped were extremely brave. Was very anxious before it started as I expected some confrontation from Abdalla supporters which proved unfounded. A very rewarding protest with so many positives to be taken from it, Anonymous, @prinniedidit and everyone involved should be very proud!