It was a huge case, politically charged, and Anonymous is an inherently sexy subject matter, they are mysterious, they are interesting, and in my opinion, without their work, and the work of Alexandria GoddardÂ this case would have never made headlines like it did, never went to court, and most importantly, never opened up a worldwide dialogue about rape, rape culture, consent and how not to treat a drunk girl at a party. More
Rape is NOT a circumstance, it’s a choice. If a circumstance is a fact or condition related to an event, what Madison is basically saying here is that rape was just a natural outcome of encountering a teenage girl puking on herself and passing out. The circumstance is not to help her and get her some water and maybe make sure she gets home OK, according to this the circumstance is to rape her. More
A 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. More
Steubenville High School employee William Rhinaman has been indicted during the special grand jury investigation of the Steubenville High School rape case. More
A federal prosecutor in West Virginia is using the Steubenville rape case to educate athletes about being responsible when texting and making posts on the Internet. Because if Steubenville taught us anything it’s that teenagers need help figuring out what is and isn’t okay to post to social media, right? Yeah, no. I’m going to go with it showed us that some teenagers need to be taught how to not violate others, commit felonious acts, and generally be despicable rapists with no remorse. More
Serena Williams has since issued a PR backtrack for essentially blaming the 16-year-old Jane Doe who was sexually assaulted in the now infamous Steubenville case. By entertaining the old “she shouldn’t have been there” line of thought, Serena effectively engaged in the biggest rape apologist script ever. But upon putting your ear to the Twittersphere, some responses to Williams’s gross sentiments echoed some equally problematic rhetoric and lady-hatey sentiments. More
For all the rape victims who are fans of Serena and consider her a role model and an aspirational human being, considering many of you are victims of rape and sexual violence, I would like to tell you that no matter what she says, it is never, ever your fault. Ever. More
I worry. I wouldn’t be his Mom if I didn’t. I also have faith. Faith in God, and faith in people. Faith that they will stand up with my son, and give those who feel they have no voice, a loud one.
I’m sure I’m not the only parent who feels this way, but she has raised a remarkable young man and she should feel extremely proud of who he has become. More
The now infamousÂ Steubenville High School football coach Reno Saccocia — of the now equally infamous “Reno took care of it” text messages — just got his employment renewed. An employee who fails to report the rape of an underage unconscious girl — and furthermore protects the rapists — doesn’t exactly scream “employment renewal.” But not to Steubenbille High School apparently.
Today, I have trouble moving on from events like the shooting in Newtown, the rape of a 16-year-old girl in Steubenville, Ohio, and the pointless and tragic loss of life at the Boston Marathon bombings. Every face of every child that is lost or violated is my daughterâ€™s, and I wrack my brain for answers to the questions she will inevitably have when she is old enough to notice the world around her. More
Attorney General Mike DeWine has made a statement that there will be a two-week delay in the Steubenville gang rape case Â and weÂ Â won’t hear from witnesses for about two weeks after it is convened Monday.This could mean that they are looking for additional evidence, or people who realize they are guilty are quick making last minute vacation trips or something. More
Just as the rulings were being handed out in the Steubenville rape case, another eerily similar story of high school sexual assault was gaining traction. As the world began to move on from a small town in Ohio, we were immediately pulled in to a small town in Connecticut, where two Torrington High School football players were being charged the statutory rape of two 13-year-old girls. (The number of alleged rapists has grown to four high schools boys now.) Now, the social media bullying that became an intricate part of the Steubenville case has reared its ugly head once again. More
I don’t think either of the two young girls who posted messages on Twitter after the Steubenville rape case verdict was announced were really going to “Beat the shit out of ” or “commit a homicide” towards the 16-year-old rape victim, Jane Doe. I think they were just being stupid, as teen girls sometimes do. Maybe their parents never talked to them about the proper attitude of sympathy and support for rape victims. Maybe they don’t fully realize that they have a one in five chance of being a victim of a rape themselves. More
No one is disputing that Coach RenoÂ Saccoccia is a very good football coach, but due to the fact he may have known (And if we are going on the text messages presented in court, that he DID know) that some of his star players had raped a girl and he kept them on the team for eight more games, I can’t quite wrap my mind around the idea of celebrating this man who is facing some extremely serious allegations. More