• Tue, Apr 16 2013

The Animals Who Raped Audrie Pott Graffitied Their Names On Her Naked Body

Audrie Pott Rape Case Victim Drawn On Eight days before she took her own life, Audrie Pott woke up in her friend’s bedroom, confused, partially-naked, with profanity, names and drawings written on her body. We know she went to school for the next week and asked her friends what happened to her. We know she confronted the boys who victimized her looking for answers. But this new information revealed yesterday shows just how profane and humiliating the actions of the boys who did this to her was. According to KSBW.com:

The police report also says witnesses told investigators the three suspects took the drunken Audrie to sleep in an upstairs room then assaulted her.The report says the attackers pulled off her shorts and partially removed her bra, exposing her breasts, the newspaper reported. Markings were found on her chest, legs, back and near her genitalia.”They wrote ‘Blank Was Here,’ on her leg,” said family attorney Robert Allard, not using the actual name because the suspect is a juvenile. “They marked her.”

Also according to the report:

Sgt. Mike Leininger, a retired San Jose police detective hired by the family’s attorney to investigate the case, said interviews of people at the party showed the suspects were sober at the time of the attack in Saratoga, a bedroom community on the fringe of Silicon Valley.

Audrie’s parents gave a press conference yesterday to speak about their daughter and to promote “Audrie’s Law” – which they hope will stiffen penalties in California for cyber bullying and to treat juveniles as adults in some cases of sexual assault. I personally feel that this law should be nationwide.

According to reports, Audrie knew her attackers since middle school. These boys were her friends. The took at least one photo of her attack and sent it to at least 10 people. Two days before Audrie killed herself she witnessed one of the boys in the school hallway, huddled around his cell phone, showing something to other classmates and laughing. It is also alleged that after the boys stalked her and harassed her and took steps to destroy the evidence.

The 16-year-old boys were arrested Thursday on sexual assault charges and are expected to appear in a private juvenile detention hearing on Tuesday. At the news conference:

In her mind, Audrie felt as though “the whole school knew,” Allard said at news conference, citing Audrie’s Facebook page the family scoured after her death.

Allard made a point to say there was a direct cause-and-effect between the party and Audrie’s suicide, where hours before she killed herself, she called her mother: ”I can’t do this anymore Mom. Pick me up.”

We can’t do this anymore. We can’t allow our kids to think that this sort of thing is cool or accepted or “okay.” We need stricter laws, more rape culture awareness taught in schools, and to remind our teen girls that they aren’t safe with anyone, even boys they have known since childhood. And yes, I know that boys are also raped, but in this case, and in a lot of other cases in recent news, it has been boys doing the raping. As soon as a group of girls rape a boy while he is blotto drunk I will be sure and write that up as well.

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  • meteor_echo

    Have you seen The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo? The treatment that Lisbeth gave to her rapist would be a very appropriate treatment for this situation. Those boys deserve to have “rapist” tattooed on them – though not on their torsos, but on their foreheads.

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

      Yeah, I have seen both, were you aware of all the backlash the movie/books have received, people call it “rape porn”

    • meteor_echo

      Hmm. I was not aware of the amount of backlash, but I can imagine why people would be all up in arms about those scenes. The first movie triggered me pretty badly – but I was grinning like crazy when she got her revenge.

  • Dravazed

    There’s only 1 reason I don’t tweet this story–the characterization of these boys as ‘animals’. This is wrong both because it enables other people to place them aside, in a special category–”animals”–so they are removed from the rest of the boys and men who, you know, are certainly *not* animals… They were, are, boys, young men, and the problem, the potential for wrongdoing, that they exhibited is a clear and present reality for other boys and men. “Animals” get something of a pass, because as I mentioned, *they aren’t like us*. Heard that one before?

    The other reason I don’t want to tweet it is that by comparing these cruel boys to animals, it reinforces unfortunate attitudes towards animals as below us, inferior, etc. Ironically, this becomes part of a stream of attitude–a narrative, if you will–that “justifies” yet more cruelty and disregard, this time in relation to our non-human companions on this earth.

    All that said, I *wanted* to tweet this because it’s important and the content is, as usual, terrific.

    • wolfcrywolf

      Except, the content is not accurate.

      From title, to content, to comments down here. Facts go by the wayside, in exchange for assumptions, and blind hysteria.

      Had you tweeted this story, you’d have essentially endorsed a commitment to ignoring facts – putting you on equal ground with the author.

  • wolfcrywolf

    She wasn’t raped. Take that shit down. She fell victim to an ageless prank, common at house parties. She passed out drunk, and was drawn on. It’s something that most young people are aware of, and it has nothing to do with assault – especially sexually. Again, there was no rape. The very fact that the all people concerned immediately jumped to the conclusion that she must have been raped or otherwise sexually assaulted is a perfect example of how pathetic people of our culture have become. Those poor boys did nothing more than prank a drunk person at a party.

    • http://www.facebook.com/iwill.findu.90 Iwill Findu

      People don’t normally kill themselves over “harmless” party pranks.

    • wolfcrywolf

      But she did. That’s the point you crazed witch hunters don’t want to acknowledge. There was no evidence of rape to start, and there is still nothing besides evidence to the contrary.

      But keep hunting those witches

    • wolfcrywolf

      She obviously had mental issues stemming from too much interest in her public image. She was obviously depressed, and possibly bi-polar. She needed help.

    • Jen

      Are you a licensed counselor, psychologist, or psychiatrist? Did you meet with her and review her records? No. because if you did you just violated the hell out of HIPAA and if not you are grasping at straws. Perhaps depression because well she fucking killed herself, that was easy enough. But I’ve read NOTHING to indicate bipolar…and before you ask, YES I am a counselor and I am capable of diagnosing.

    • Jen

      You are right about one thing, she needed help and didn’t feel safe enough based on other cases similar to hers to ask for it.

    • missiemeghan

      So you can psychoanalyze a total stranger, but Eve can’t say rape?

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

      Rape rape rape. WE ARE CRAZED RAPE WITCH HUNTERS! (We need t shirts)

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

      THOSE POOR BOYS. Great, you are one of those people.

    • wolfcrywolf

      The irony is overwhelming.

      THOSE EVIL RAPISTS

      Yet, there was no rape, and these boys are being slandered all over the place as if they’ve already been convicted of it.

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

      They were arrested why then?

    • wolfcrywolf

      On the accusation of sexual assault. But keep reading the creatively doctored blogs and articles crying wolf – er “rape”. You’re hopeless

    • Maggie

      How the hell do you know that there was no rape? Were you there? If so, you might want to turn yourself in. Rape and sexual assault are the same thing. However you want to say it, she was violated without her consent, and now the boys who did it deserve the punishment they get. I recommend you sit down, clown, or the other commenters here are going to eat you alive.
      Useless rape apologist.

    • Jen

      The way you are tendering your argument and communicating any disagreement with your argument is suggesting that somehow sexual assault is acceptable because it isn’t rape. Violating anyone’s body is unacceptable. There was a really wonderful blog from a mother to her sons about how it’s important to make sure someone says yes, not just doesn’t say no, even to things like tickling. And realistically I can’t believe the police would arrest these boys on “Sexual Assault” for writing on her. That my friend is Assault, thus the police must have SOME proof of something sexual or they wouldn’t have arrested them only to have the charges thrown out in court.

    • http://www.facebook.com/iwill.findu.90 Iwill Findu

      People can be taken in for questioning as part of gathering evidence. My cousin was once accused of raping a girl, and our whole family went in for questioning because at the date and time this girl said he was rapping her, he was at a family function.

      Some times people accused of rape are in fact innocent. Crazy thought I know, but it sucked when everybody was still willing to judge him before all the facts came in. Not to mention that they judged us as his family for standing by that rapist, and no one had the guts to apologize after the fact.

    • bl

      OK. Even if they didn’t rape her (and I’m only saying that to go along with your scenario for a second), what makes it ok to remove her clothes and draw on her? People have a basic right not to be stripped and photographed. They could have “pranked”her by writing messages on the parts of her body that she chose to expose (e.g.., arms if she had a t shirt on) but no, they removed her clothes without consent. And yes, that’s still a “sexual” assault. Sexual assault is about a display of power via methods usually associated with sex. Removing someone’s clothes just because you can and then signing and photographing it is a pretty clear example to me.

    • wolfcrywolf

      My entire point is that she was not raped by these boys. Sexual assault is not the same as rape. Yet, the accusation, assumption of guilt, and subsequent stoning of these boys’ characters is all over the net/tv/comments like these because this poor girl couldn’t have possibly done such a horrible thing to herself if she wasn’t raped by those evil rapists, right?

    • bl

      Well you aren’t very good at making your entire point of separating the two then. “it has nothing to do with assault-especially sexually”; “assumption that she must have been raped or otherwise sexually assaulted”

      I would just ask you to consider why it’s so important to you to defend these “poor boys” for their “ageless prank”? They assaulted her, yet they get to be poor hapless kids as long as they stop short of penetration? They are the ones you’re choosing to identify yourself with and spend energy defending?

  • wolfcrywolf

    of course. downvote the truth. that’s just as pathetic as all the rape whistle blowers. a girl, or her parents, cry wolf in today’s society and immediately the bloodthirsty witch hunt begins. just pathetic. can’t you feel for one moment how innocent an act this truly was? Are you incapable of having some compassion for three boys who did nothing out of the ordinary?

    AGAIN, THERE WAS NO RAPE. YOU ALL CAN JUST CHILL WITH THE RAPE BULLSHIT.
    she was drawn on. get a fucking grip people.

    • http://www.facebook.com/iwill.findu.90 Iwill Findu

      I drew on friends when they passed out in class a harmless prank as you say, none of them went and killed themselves. It’s a pretty big jump to say what happened was only a harmless prank went it led up to her death. Even if it was a prank they should never have removed clothing, and could still get into a ton of shit for that alone, as that is a form of sexual assault. As for if these boys are guilty of rape or not that’s for a court to decide.

    • wolfcrywolf

      Neither did any of my friends, nor people I’ve known to be pranked in similar style. That’s neither here nor there. None of my friends was Audrie Pott.

      None of them went and killed themselves because they weren’t this girl. They weren’t a young person growing up in today’s society. The problem stems there, and possibly from this girl’s potential mental issues.

      You’re actually rational enough to put aside blind assumption, and for that I thank you. The courts will decide, and if there’s enough evidence to prove that Pott was raped, then by all means commence the burning at the stake. Just, please put down the torches and pitchforks for now.

    • http://www.facebook.com/iwill.findu.90 Iwill Findu

      I think some people hear sexual assault and assume rape. If these boys removed her any of her clothing they left harmless pranking behind and turned it into sexual assault. And well not all sexual assault is rape all rape is sexual assault, so it’s rather easy to confuse the two. But sexual assault is a crime and if it’s proven then they need to deal with the consequences of their actions.

      So lets assume they didn’t mean any malice and thought it would be all in good fun to remove even her shirt and draw on her well she was passed out, and took photos they then passed the photos around. So were passing around photos of this girls assault, that’s not funny. That’s hard core bullying, and extreme bullying can lead to suicide. So well it may have started out as a prank it didn’t end were a prank should have. A prank would have ended with we’ll only draw on any ready exposed skin and nothing more.

      I also think that people’s emotions are running high since this is the 3rd sexual assault in the last 12 months involving people under 18 and social media.

  • Shara Homme

    Let me give you a quick lesson on wolfcrywolf and some of the kids who are acting up here in HRM; http://tinyurl.com/cs3wzb7 bullying is the MO for these guys. If you disagree they’ll be here to browbeat you into another opinion that matches their own. There is no sense of guilt, shame or responsibility in regards to any piece or part, because anything else that is clearly harmful, bullying, or unwanted (like taking pictures of these acts being committed) the answer is ‘oops, they made a mistake’. Attempting to speak with these individuals will have no results, as they are family and close associates of those accused of a similar crime, and rather than responding with any sense of shock and shame that someone died, that pictures of these women in vulnerable positions were TAKEN AND DISTRIBUTED by these people, they would prefer to take the position of the angry, misunderstood bully.

    • wolfcrywolf

      Oh, now you’re just pulling aces out of your sleeve. Switching from one million dollar word to another – rape to bully – really is the only thing needed to logically defeat the facts of my posts, and of this case, is it not?

      This is obviously sarcasm, and I hope you can appreciate it, because I sure appreciated your straw man argument. My position on this, and other similar cases, is one of total neutrality. I’m unbiased when I claim that there are no facts to indicate that Pott was raped. I’m equally unbiased when I say that you’re inability to address fact is a perfect example of the poor quality of posts regarding this matter – here and around the net.

    • Maggie

      You’re also a huge fucking asshole, which is why nobody will take your points seriously.

    • Jen

      Your style of communication is aggressive when one disagrees with you. Aggressiveness isn’t helpful in communication. If your post was “I get frustrated when “rape” is used and there doesn’t seem to be evidence pointing to rape and journalists should be aware of the difference” People probably wouldn’t be on your ass. But the “QUIT WITH THIS RAPE BULLSHIT” from jump street? On a blog known to have strong opinions on such subjects is asking for a fight…as if you are trying to brow beat others into your opinion.

  • chickadee

    When you read this story in the content of the numerous similar stories that we have been seeing, they have in common one female and more than one male. There is an intriguing sociological theory about sexual assault being gender performance for an audience of that gender, and the additional sharing of the evidence via text messaging and social media platforms enlarges the gendered audience and make the performance more important or significant. This speaks to the way our culture poorly serves both young men and young women in its perceptions of masculinity and femininity, and the immediacy of the internet makes it more difficult to combat.

    • wolfcrywolf

      Well said. How eloquent.

    • S.W.B

      That’s an interesting comment. Thank you chickadee. I think sexual assault ‘gender performance’ needs to be studied far more.

      In Audrie Pott’s case police have three suspects charged with sexual battery and further. Police have been reported as saying one charged suspect alleges the other two suspects ‘touched’ Pott’s in a ‘sexual manner’. The police charges include sexual battery and some media outlets refer to battery with a foreign object. Different US states different idea’s of what is ‘rape’ is. So, whatever is your current and weird definition of rape is, in my eyes what a horrible and inhuman situation for Audrie Pott her family deail with and get a conviction.

    • chickadee

      I find the media coverage of this to be incredibly confusing, with some reporting that there is a change of penetration and others saying not. I support all laws that categorize penetration with anything as rape and expect it to be prosecuted. I also support a distinction between rape and sexual assault or battery, and assume that all non-penetrative unwanted sexual touching falls into that category. I expect it to be prosecuted and I expect severe penalties. I don’t think I have implied that I think this case is a joke or that it is overly hyped. I think Pott was assaulted and bullied and that her assaulters should get jail time for it. That’s my ‘current and weird definition of rape.’

  • chickadee

    And I would like to point out that neither Eve’s article nor other news reports claim that Potts was raped. The phrase they use was ‘sexually assaulted,’ which covers a multitude of sexual offenses including disrobing an unconscious and/or unwilling victim or touching someone in an intimate and unwelcome fashion. This girl was victimized sexually but the evidence does not, to this point, support rape. So the title sort of undermines the credibility of the article and needs to be changed.

    • L

      The boys are being charged with misdemeanor sexual battery, felony distribution of child pornography and felony forcible sexual penetration. Just because it hasn’t been disclosed to the public, we do not know what evidence the investigators have that the public doesn’t. As far as my personal opinion, felony forcible sexual penetration falls under the rape category and while they are innocent until proven guilty, they are being charged with raping her.

    • chickadee

      No, they were charged with sexual battery, possession of child pornography, and disseminating child pornography, not sexual penetration. Perhaps you are thinking of another case….there are plenty to choose from.

    • Sterling

      I would appreciate knowing what exactly they are being charged with or have been charged with. Initially(last week) the police were not charging them with child porn. I have been looking but have been unsuccessful at finding definitive information. Maybe they still haven’t been actually charged?? The standard max to being held and not charged is 48 hours in CA but because they are juveniles, there might be different standards?

    • chickadee

      Wait…there are conflicting reports. The LA Times gives your list of Chargers while Eve’s link to an LA tv station gives mine. Let me go look around the internet some more….

    • Tea

      Pretty much my thoughts exactly.

  • Tea

    Don’t hurt me! But this sounds a lot more like severe bullying. I would not call it rape. Still, this is horrible, and it sounds like it went way beyond just drawing on someone for fun/lulz/generally being a bit of a bastard. I would be all for the new law to be put in place everywhere.

    • Jen

      Sexual assault is any involuntary sexual act in which a person is threatened, coerced, or forced to engage against their will, or any sexual touching of a person who has not consented. This includes rape (such as forced vaginal, anal or oral penetration), inappropriate touching, forced kissing, child sexual abuse, or the torture of the victim in a sexual manner.
      Thus it goes beyond bullying to sexual assault. They exposed her breasts and pulled off her shorts, while she was unconscious. I could see having an issue if she was depantsed while walking down the hall. But why remove her shorts or expose her breasts if it’s just bullying. I think that’s where it left bullying (which is still awful) and crossed into criminal territory.

    • Tea

      Good points. I meant to slip back into my post somewhere that I don’t disagree that it is sexual assault, but I do disagree with it being labeled as “Rape” given the current description of the crime in both articles (This one and the source).

      However, Neither this article mentions forcible penetration, as you have said is part of the charges, which would definitely push it over that line. I am not trying to dismiss it like WolfCryWolf, I am just saying that by the descriptions laid out here I would not label it as rape, but still believe it should be aggressively pursued.

    • Jen

      Agreed. Rape isn’t an appropriate word, because thus far no evidence supports that (not that its somehow ok, as you pointed out). I get the argument that WolfCryWolf is making and even agree Rape isn’t the right word to use. He’s just being a jerk about it. I’m all about intelligent debate (using rape v. sexual assault, how to define sexual assault v. bullying) but Wolf is looking for an argument, it seemed you were looking for some clarification and reasonable conversation. :o)

    • chickadee

      And there is an additional problem in that the LA Times is reporting that the boys are being charged with penetration while moat other news outlets are saying sexual battery. Additionally, if they are in fact being charged with penetration, which I do consider to be rape, I feel that Mommyish should follow the lead of other news outlets and append the word ‘alleged’ tothe word rape.

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

      I’m not going to “allege” it.

    • chickadee

      Fair enough. I just want to say that I think these boys did something unconscionable, whether there was penetration or not.

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

      Yeah, and people need to realize that RAPE isn’t only penetration with genitalia in a lot of states too

    • chickadee

      Well, this is true, but I do know that already, and I actually didn’t say ‘penetration with genitalia.’ My concern is that there doesn’t seem to have been any evidence of penetration with anything. I share your outrage at what happened, believe me, but I guess I want to wait to call it rape until they are charged with it.

  • Sterling

    Poor reporting. She was not raped. She was not nude when she woke up nor does it appear at this point that it is likely that she was ever fully nude. The worst the evidence potentially shows (at this point) is that they “may” have partially exposed a breast. I guess you might call being in bra and panties partially naked but using that definition, a guy with his shirt off would be partially naked as well. This media frenzy may become a “case study” for journalism students and poor misleading reporting. If you can’t do a media job right, PLEASE don’t do it.

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

      Obvious how? Did you look up what the legal definition of sexual battery was in CA? Did you listen to the parents news conference yesterday? Have you made attempts to contact people/police/officials involved in the case? Have you seen the police reports? I have seen several good articles where they have made those efforts. I have made comments about this same issue with other articles although most of them were published days ago. To still make these inaccuracies at this point with what has been made public is irresponsible. I am not a rape apologist or victim blamer. I simply want the truth to be told in the news. It is extremely discouraging to me that the media keeps wanting to sensationalize the case rather than be accurate. It is not an excuse to say that other news stories made the same accusation when a “decent” reporter doing their jobs (particularly at this point in the case) would have uncovered the truth. If I was the editor of any of these major agencies, I would be severely reprimanding these reporters and those who act-checked the stories(if someone did). Some of these inaccurate initial impressions did come from their family attorney Allard by his choice of words in describing what occurred.

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

      Lemme guess, one of your sons has been charged?

    • Sterling

      Bad guess. Is this another example of your incredible insight?

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

      I will make a deal with you. If these boys are found not guilty, I will apologize profusely for calling them rapists, but not for humiliating and bullying and antagonizing a girl, for taking off her clothes and drawing on her and teasing her and sharing her almost naked pic with all of their scumag friends until she was so distraught she killed herself. Fine upstanding boys these are.

    • Sterling

      Frankly, I would expect nothing less. I agree that their behavior was horrible regardless of it not being rape.

    • Sterling

      Eve, I actually became intrigued by this story because of the media’s leap to judgment and the inconsistencies/questions the information released thus far had raised in my mind. Frankly, I expected more of what was alleged in the media to be correct. Based on what info has been released since, the reverse has been true. I do apologize for coming down on you so hard. You were incorrect but you were only following the media pack (although your resistance to acknowledging that a rape probably did not occur is troubling still).

    • williamunknown

      ive been sort of following this story but not in a major way. i tend to focus more on international news, politics, and more large scale stories versus news that involves a single person or is more crime oriented.
      what kind of media allegations were made that are now being retracted and what inconsistencies are being revealed based upon the information released?
      i know often the media prefers a narrative over a simple recitation of the facts but im missing these inconsistencies and retractions in the stories i am reading, albeit probably not enough of them to be really well informed.
      can you let me me know?

    • Sterling

      The most obvious media allegation issue is the rape charge itself. As far as I can tell, noone involved in the case made that specific allegation ever. This is by far the most relevant mistake in regards to the criminal nature of the event. This was taken further to become “Gang Rape” by some and of course calling them animals.
      Second most often cited issue was the use of the term viral and that the photos were online. Some may argue about the definition of viral but IMO, viral(in an online sense) doesn’t mean 10 people (including the three arrested suspects). The impression was created that everyone at her school knew which according to students was untrue. That there were nude images circulating around. At this point, I know there was only one image among those ten people and still am not sure there was nudity? According to police sources late last week, there were no intentions of filing child porn charges (although I am still waiting on official word of exactly what they have been charged with. I have seen a couple of reports after the detention hearing but have not been able to verify their information with another or more primary source.

    • williamunknown

      i was under the impression that she had many photographs taken of her in various modes of dress and undress and that they were shared widely throughout the school. one photograph of who knows what and of very limited distribution is different than the perception i was given. thats a good point you made about child pornography, id not considered that.

      normally a civil suit is done after a criminal trial. a civil suits standard of evidence is lower so losing a civil suit isnt really “evidence” in a trial whereas losing a criminal trial IS evidence in a civil suit. it is odd that a civil suit is already filed.

      i was not aware that there were so many inconsistencies and problems with this. if these boys did wrong i hope and trust the criminal justice system will punish them. however, i equally hope that if these boys havent done anything wrong that they wont be tainted for life by lurid journalism.

    • Sterling

      Apparently, there must have been a total gag order issued on this case. One article I read said they now would not even confirm officially that there was a hearing on this today. One of the attorney’s for the boys had said that the three lawyers for the defendants would be issuing a statement after the hearing but apparently backed down. I take this as a sign that the defense feels it is in a good position because they had not yet aired their side of the story and would have fought for that right if they felt it was in their client’s best interest. I expect that if the situation is not favorable, that links will happen most likely to an out of state/country person who could not easily be forced to reveal their source. The civil suit details allegations but we know that they can pretty much allege anything they want with almost no possibility of negative repercussions. They have also clearly stated that they are also using the civil suit to try to get to the whole story.

    • once upon a time

      Charming.

    • Holly

      Well that was a bitch comment.

  • jil

    American justice trumps the Canadian system. Two,the only ones that were covered by media, suicides committed by girls who had sexually explicit photos distributed of them while they were UNDERAGE, one of the girls gang raped, have had ZERO perps identified or charged!

  • Tusconian

    It baffles me how people can deny a rape (or sexual assault, or sexual battery, or violation, or whatever you want to call it) happened when the perpetrators sign their names, take pictures, make videos, tweet about it, facebook it, and talk about it openly in public, and generally all but go on national TV and say the words “yes, I raped her.” No one saying “the rapists” is pretending to be the court of law. These boys’ lives aren’t ruined; in only one of the recent cases (Steubenville) have the names even been released to the public. How do you look at more than enough rock solid, unarguable evidence to legally persecute evidence, especially in a society where circumstantial evidence and gossip is enough too implicate people socially, and say “she wasn’t raped?” This wasn’t bullying, and honestly, today’s dialogue trivializes serious abuse by peers and superiors by likening it to schoolyard bullying. This wasn’t a harmless prank; people don’t feel like their lives are ruined and kill themselves because someone drew a penis on their cheek when they passed out drunk.

    I wonder how many of the people defending the rapists are the same people who jump to knee-jerk conclusions about kidnappings and murders and thefts on TV because some relative or bystander or victim isn’t crying, and therefore must be the criminal. Then get upset when someone isn’t sentenced to torture and death on circumstantial evidence.

    • EmmaFromÉire

      Thank you! Your last point brings me to think of the Newtown conspiracy theorists who claimed the families ”weren’t sad enough”. I forget there was a concrete roadmap for shock and grief.

      What absolutely enrages me about this case, and the Steubenville one, are the people claiming the girls made the whole thing up. With so few rape cases actually being reported, and the most minute portion of those cases going to trial, and even fewer of the rapists on trial being sentenced, i’m willing to take my chances on the girl telling the truth. It’s not as simple as filing a police report and that’s that. It’s an ugly messy arduous business, and bar the odd false rape case, nobody enters into it lightly.

  • Sandy

    Instead of teaching our girls to be victims, maybe teach our BOYS to not be sociapathic assholes?

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  • tedseeber

    A teenage boy being raped when blotto drunk is known as “and a good time was had by all”.

    It is time to stop the double standard.