• Sun, Mar 10 2013

As The ‘Rape Crew’ Trial Starts Next Week, Steubenville Hopes To Clear Its Rapist Reputation By Whining About How Victimized They Are

twitter anonsDo you guys have any idea how utterly difficult it is to flip the bird at your computer and hold a cup of coffee at the same time? Because that is precisely what I just did while reading this amazingly inflammatory article about the Steubenville rape case trail in the Columbus Dispatch this morning. Ever since the case of a 16-year-old girl who was allegedly raped at a party during the night of August 11th and the morning of August 12 has attracted media attention, it seems like Steubenville and its residents, save for some of the people who reside there who actually think that rape isn’t cool, have been doing everything to whine about their own victimization and how awful it has been that their town has gotten this media attention and wah wah wah, the amount of victim-shaming and utter disregard for the victim in this case is one of the most shocking aspects about it. We have had adult women compare their plight of living in Steubenville and the attention the town has received to the atrocities committed against concentration camp prisoners. We have had women appear on national television to complain about some imaginary desk city where children (and yes, adults were actually letting the kids be this freaked out because for some reason, no adults were present to lead them to the restroom) vomiting and urinating all over themselves. We have witnessed peaceful protests were girls as young as twelve have stood up and spoke about rape and people have driven by and screamed “fuck you” while the little girl attempted to talk through her tears. And now we have this from the Columbus Dispatch:

Now, what outsiders know about Steubenville centers on a drunken night of partying last summer.

The town is vilified as looking the other way to protect an outsize high-school football program, of condoning a player “rape crew” whose actions were the stuff of brazen jokes on Twitter.

Um, no. Listen, I follow every single Twitter account who has been involved with the Steubenville rape trial. Whether it be protest organizers, some residents who also want justice for the victim, other writers who have covered the case, and ordinary people who just really don’t like rape. You know who made the “brazen” jokes on Twitter about the “Rape Crew” and their actions? The “Rape Crew” themselves. I have NEVER seen a single joke about the rape or the victim or the case from anyone unless you count the tweets the (self-proclaimed, let’s not forget) “Rape Crew” made themselves.

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This “Rape Crew” belongs to you Steubenville. These are YOUR kids that YOU have raised.

City Manager Cathy Davison has had to divert time to defend her city of 18,500. “This has been hurtful. Our community has closed together to protect each other,” she said.

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  • Blueathena623

    On the one hand, it get how it would suck if you were a resident of the town who IS horrified and outraged and wants justice to be lumped in with the other assholes just because of where you live, BUT I would hope that said people would understand that its not about them right now, and anything they may experience completely pales in comparison to what happened to that poor girl.
    See, this is one of those articles that won’t get a lot of comments, not because it isn’t important, but because everyone is so shocked and agrees its a shitty situation.
    Also, pretty much anytime anyone Godwins themselves and brings up the holocaust, I want to punch them in the face.

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

      It’s funny because the actual decent people in Steubenville who care about the case and the victim seriously do not care if their town has a rapist reputation. They care about the victim and seeing justice served.

  • whiteroses

    Personally, I hope that the “Rape Crew” is fried. And I hope that the residents of Steubenville eventually understand that the rest of us are outraged for a damn good reason- and that they examine their own behaviors. Because if the town culture there is that raping a teenager and then standing back and laughing is acceptable, then this spotlight is long overdue. And I hope that this never “fades away”. I hope it’s a black mark on them for a long time to come. It may make other people think twice before they try the same thing. Call me a hopeless optimist, but I can’t help feeling that way.

    But what I hope more than anything else is that this little girl- because she’s still a little girl- can, once this trial is over, move far away from Steubenville and spend the rest of her life in literal and figurative sunlight. I hope for healing for her and her family. Because as much as it’s awful that some good people (because there have to be some in Steubenville) are being lumped in with the bad, it’s not nearly as awful as what she’s had to endure.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alicia.kiner Alicia Kiner

    This “strong community” has raised rapists and children who believe that it’s hilarious to watch a girl get passed around. Or, at the very least, that it’s perfectly acceptable. I really hope “this black eye” doesn’t “heal.” I really, really hope this girl can move past what was done to her. I really hope the bystanders who did nothing get some sort of punishment as well. They may not have been able to stop it, but they sure as hell could have called for help.

    • erica

      Agree. I will teach my children that they should speak up. If you feel you are in danger doing so, get to a safe place and then call for help. No way is it okay to just ignore when someone is being victimized.

  • http://twitter.com/kanstensen abfabmomma

    Maybe because during this whole mess we have not seen one instance of Steubenville doing the right thing, just cover ups and excuses. It has shown itself to be an uncaring and morally corrupt town. So Steubenville, just stfu!

  • Dsn

    How is it that, if one is with robbers that shoot a home owner dead, everybody in attendance is charged with murder, but in a rape case only the actual participants can be charged? Seems perhaps some laws need to be changed. Every single person in attendance should be equally charged as accessories, IMO. And…thank you Miss Goddard for doing what you can to help by keeping this case in the spotlight and not allowing them to push it under the rug. Glad to see the defamation case you were accused of has been resolved to your benefit. Rock on free speech!

    • chickadee

      Technically, if you go out to rob someone and one of your group has a deadly weapon, the law assumes you are all agreed that shooting someone is okay. With rape, the weapon is a penis. You kind of have to carry that with you all the time if you have one.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Roni-Clark/1061005160 Roni Clark

    Something is DEFINITELY wrong in that town. Had the public not gotten wind of this story, they would have swept this under the rug. Now they are giving up two scape goats, (there should be more) and they think that will make everything alright. It won’t! Everyone that was at that “party” that took pictures, Tweeted about what was happening, or just stood around watching the girl be abused should be prosecuted!

  • chickadee

    What amazes me is that the majority of the residents didn’t rise up and denounce what happened before the media got involved. It’s not hard to see where those boys got their moral compassses from. The town that whines and feels sorry for itself. ToddlerTown……

  • http://www.facebook.com/kathy.manis.18 Kathy Manis

    Steubenville is corrupt from many angles. The city has told even the local crackheads to stay off the streets and don’t talk till the heat blows over.

  • Audra Walton

    It’s time to “Break the Chain” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fL5N8rSy4CU