Breaking: Four More Charged In Steubenville Rape Case

steubenville-rape-trial-jpg-280x157A grand jury investigating the rape of a 16-year-old in Steubenville, Ohio in 2012 has indicted four more people in the case – including the assistant football coach and school superintendent.

From CNN:

Superintendent Michael McVey was the only one of the four to be charged Monday with felonies: a count of tampering with evidence and two counts of obstructing justice. He also is charged with two misdemeanors: making a false statement and obstructing official business.

A school teacher and an elementary school principal were charged with failure to report child abuse or neglect. A volunteer assistant Steubenville football coach, Matt Belardine, was charged with four misdemeanors: allowing underage drinking; obstructing official business; making a false statement; and contributing to the unruliness or delinquency of a child.

This is great news for the victim and for anyone who followed the case and recognized the blatant cover-ups that were so obvious for most of us to see. Many in the town repeatedly suggested that it was the media who was the real villain in this case – not the rapists themselves. In actuality, the conduct of a few concerned citizens snowballed into a national awareness of a coverup that had some parents in the town reluctant to speak up for fear of what their neighbors would do.

Thanks to the work of Anonymous and some really brave bloggers (including our own Eve Vawter) we were privy to images and stories that left us all wondering how you could possibly argue with the validity of the charges – while many in the town including the coaches continued to support the boys and insist it was their lives this whole situation was ruining. Unbelievable. Meanwhile, the victim was crucified in the public – even by other women and usually sensible, “feminist” sites (we’re looking at you, Jezebel.)

Today is a good day.

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    • FaintlyXMacabre

      It’s really sad to see how many adults actively worked to cover this up. It gives me a combo of blind rage and the squicks.

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter
    • Michelle Pittman

      FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hopefully head coach reno mcskeezy is next!!!!!!!!!!

    • meteor_echo

      Jezebel is seriously turning (or already has) into a more hip version of The Stir. It’s disgusting.
      And I’m really glad that more and more people are getting charged for covering the whole thing up. Now if only they actually fired Reno and left him piss-poor and pantsless…

      • CMJ

        My comment on Jezebel reminding them of that horrific “A Town Destroyed” piece got erased.

      • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

        I also got #BANNED

      • CMJ

        You actually got banned?

      • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

        My comment was deleted

      • CMJ

        Me too then. #BANHAMMER

      • http://twitter.com/mariaguido Maria Guido

        For real?

      • Kay_Sue

        I think that, in this case most particularly, you should wear that as an absolute badge of pride.

      • http://twitter.com/mariaguido Maria Guido

        Are you serious?

      • CMJ

        Yep…I keep going back to check (and having other people check to see if I’m crazy) and it is still missing.

      • meteor_echo

        Why am I absolutely not surprised. That place is a cesspool.

      • Muggle

        I can’t read either site anymore. Whenever I see either one linked on the evening/morning feeding link round-ups here I have a rage-stroke.

      • meteor_echo

        Yup, same here. Both cause me to rage my ass off.

      • Muggle

        I haven’t read Jezebel in months after someone published an article basically telling skinny women “quit whining, thin-shaming isn’t THAT bad, and we fatties have it so much worse!!1″ when thin-shaming is just as hurtful and inappropriate as fat-shaming.

        Usually the Stir doesn’t piss me off as much as Jezebel has been these last few months, but the other day there was an article linked here about a man cutting off his stepdaughter’s hair, and how cutting off kids’ hair is a terrible punishment (which I could agree with). But then it turned out the man was SITTING IN JAIL for beating said stepdaughter, beating his wife when she came home and did not like his discipline methods, and breaking his other stepdaughter’s phone when she tried to call 911.

        I was like, WTF?! Skewed priorities much?

      • EmmaFromÉire

        Honestly the thing that horrified me most about that piece was the sheer number of people agreeing that cutting off all of your child’s hair is a perfectly acceptable punishment. Guy’s a fucking asshole, but there’s a whole pack of bitches reading to demoralise their children for no good reason other than ”but it’s discipliiiiine”

      • Muggle

        I know, right? Some of the commenters who had chopped off their kids’ hair had some good reasons for doing so (tangles, lice, etc.) but if a kid doesn’t have a right to their own hair, doesn’t have any boundary to feel safe behind… that’s fucking abusive. That’s up there with just beating the kid or locking them up in a closet for hours.

      • EmmaFromÉire

        I had honestly never even heard of that being done as a punishment until I came across it, that’s how far outside the realm of ”acceptable” it is. Some people tie a lot of value to their hair, I know I love mine- I had about ten inches of it chopped off last week and i’m still getting used to it, and that was voluntary. I can’t imagine what it must feel like to have it done to you forcibly.

      • Muggle

        I’d never heard of it either, so I guess my parents did something right. I think the only time I had to get a haircut against my will was when I was like 4 and had already butchered my bangs with scissors. That and my parents insisted on me having the straight-across bangs that I hated and looked awful on me (they still would). But I never got my hair cut off as *discipliiiiine.* I attach a lot of value to my hair as well, and I don’t think I’d ever speak to my parents if they’d pinned me down and chopped off my hair (or sat on me and beat me with a shoe, then broke my sister’s phone when she tried to call for help…)

    • Mystik Spiral

      Oh my goddess, this is amazeballs.

      • FaintlyXMacabre

        double ups for using amazeballs in a sentence.

    • TngldBlue

      I’m still waiting for that asshole Reno to be charged but today is a good day indeed! It is good to know that in some places the wheels of justice, while slow, are still grinding away.

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