Ladies and gentleman, let’s take a ride on the Go Big Red Wagon Of Feigned Moral Outrage! I have said this a gazillion times before – there are lovely people in Steubenville. People of all ages, races, economic backgrounds and educational experience. It’s just like any other city in America, except the youth of Steubenville get a little bit too text-happy when they decide to “pull a train” on one of their classmates. There have been three different protests or rallies in Steubenville, where people of all ages come to show support for the Jane Doe victim in this case, and for all rape victims. The fourth protest is scheduled for Valentine’s Day. I have watched all of the protests, and save for the occasional drive by where someone yells “get a life!” or “F___ you!”, because yeah, people who protest rape shouldn’t be out there protesting – according to some Steubenville residents -, the events have all been peaceful and uplifting and pretty heartwarming.
We still don’t know everything that happened in August during the party where Jane Doe was so drunk she wasn’t able to give consent to being “fingered” (taken from the court transcripts) or to having a “penis rubbed all over her” and then having these things broadcast all over the Internet. Hopefully justice will be served when the trial begins in March. But in the meantime, some concerned moms in Steubenville are so sick of people talking about the case that they have started blogs:
They want us to go silent, that is their goal. When someone is attacking a community the way Steubenville is being attacked they want you to think “This will pass” “I’ll just be silent” Being silent is what they want and what makes them win. We will Stand tall for our community and all the people in it! In the words of my good friend Mike Jett…..They want this S on my hat to stand for SCANDAL! They want this S on my hate to stand for SHAME! Well we are going to make this S on my hat stand for STRENGTH! We are going to make this S on my hat stand for SURVIVAL! We are going to make this S on my hat stand for STAND UP!! Continue to stand up for our youth Steubenville, they need us more than ever. To the Youth, do not be afraid to wear your Red and Black! Do not be afraid to wear your Letterman jackets! Wear them with pride! We are here for you 110%.
They have compared the anti-rape protests and media attention to Nazi-occupied Germany:
The masked felons have bashed so many good people in our communities name including mine and my children, just because we chose to try to make the nation understand what is really going on in our town on national TV and their followers believe everything they say. They are a hate group similar to the KKK and Nazi mentality. I am tired of feeling like I am living somewhat in a modern day Holocaust.
(Image shows adorable possible tiny terrorist, including drawing of menacing flowers)
And now they have started a petition to have Alexandria Goddard, aka Prinnie, tossed off the Internet!
Websites such as Prinniefied.com have been slandering our great city of Steubenville because of recent events that have transpired in the city.To:
EveryoneRemove the website Prinnified.com from the web.
I asked Prinnie how she felt about the petition and she had this to say:
I respect their right to freedom of speech and will await instructions for what to do when they teach their goal!!
Their goal is 100 signatures, and they are halfway there, despite misspelling the name of the website they want removed from the Internet.
As a mom I can understand that it’s annoying when your town is seen as particularly victim-blaming and rape-y. I can understand if your children are actually being stalked and harassed due to the fact people unrelated to you allegedly raped a girl at a party. But I am having an extremely hard time believing that elementary school aged children are being threatened due to a case involving Big Red highs school football players. I have invited Steubenville moms to let me interview them regarding their children who are “terrified” but they have all declined, including Jill Watkins, who said she is tired of the “media spotlight” because she just concluded an interview with People magazine. Jill did say this to me on twitter:
I will say this from a mother’s perspective: if there was a situation where I lived like the one in Steubenville I would welcome the media attention and protests, because as a parent I would want people trying to vocalize their dislike against rape and the sexual victimization of others. I would want to know that there are strangers in this world willing to drive for hours and spend their hard-earned money on gas and stand out in the freezing cold to speak out against rape. I would appreciate writers and bloggers and journalists covering the story because I have young kids, and I don’t want any of them to ever be raped or to rape anyone else. As a mom and a woman and as a human, I cannot understand creating a petition to silence those who object to something as soul-destroying and horrid as rape. I guess I’m surprised that some moms in Steubenville don’t feel the same.
(photos: Cassandra Rules/Twitter)