Some of you may be familiar with the rape case involving a 16-year-old girl and members of the Steubenville, Ohio football team and other teenagers from the area that occurred on August 11th. For those of you unfamiliar with the case, The New York Times has a lengthy article that explains everything, from the parties where the rapes occurred to how social media has played a part in the case. Some highlights include information about photographs posted of the victim, unconscious and naked, being dragged all over town and allegations that she was urinated on by members of the football team, along with the hashtags #rape and #drunkgirl.
The mother of the victim is quoted as saying:
The mother added: “I do feel like they’ve had preferential treatment, and it’s unreal, almost like we’re part of a TV show. It’s like a bad “CSI” episode. What those boys did was disgusting, disgusting, and for people to stand up for them, that’s disgusting, too.”
Anonymous agrees with the victim's mother, so they decided that even though the victim doesn't have the support of an entire community of football fans behind her, they would be more than happy to be on her team. Anonymous and NightSec (Who is Anonymous, but just a subgroup that exists within Anonymous, which makes no sense, because even my almost 70-year-old mother is now Anonymous) has released a statement and preliminary dox on the case.
Greetings Citizens of the world, We are anonymous, We are knightsecc. Around mid-August 2012 a party took place in a small town in Ohio known as Steubenville. At this party are a list of men named in the prelimenary dox below who took part in the kidnapping and rape of a 15 year old girl. This video is to document the proof for the masses. The town of steubenville has been good at keeping this quiet and their star football team protected. Their school website shows how high the football team is held in regards to education with no links to academics what-so-ever. Even the founder of the school website Man o War offers his opinion here, "enough with the hyperbole, how can she be "scarred for life" if she supposedly can't remember anything?" On this fateful night a life was changed forever as a group of the football players of Big Red High School, dubbed themselves "rape crew" and began taking advantage of an underage girl. The girl was sexually assaulted, molested, raped, and drug unconcious from party to party. This is a warning shot to the school faculty, the parents of those involved, and those involved especially. A preliminary dox is being released on some of those involved, while a full size dox of everyone involved including names, social security numbers, addresses, relatives, and phone numbers is being compiled as you watch this video on every single member of the football team, those involved, the coaches, the principle, and more. This dox will be released unless all accused parties come forward by new years day and issue a public apology to the girl and her family. Make no mistake, all you need is a google search engine to realize we are serious in what we do. You can hide no longer, you have attracted the attention of the hive. We will not sit idely by and watch a group of young men who turn to rape as a game or sport get the pass because of athletic ability and small town luck. You now have the world looking directly at you.
You can view the video posted here.
I spoke with Anonymous KyAnonymous, who had this to say about Operation Roll Red Roll.
And by "promoting the movement" he means that he is organizing a protest at the Steubenville City Hall at noon on December 29th and January 9th. The remarkable aspect of this is that it's not just people who are in agreement with the Anonymous "movement," I have also seen parents and other concerned citizens who are applauding NightSec and vowing to attend the "peaceful" protests.
The amount of victim shaming in this case is unbelievable. Read any news article about the case and you will see comments like "The victim had posted things on the Internet saying she had been previously sexually active so she deserved this" and "She was drunk so what do you expect?"
Football is a sport of violence. Football is a culture of violence. It doesn't matter how much any of us enjoy football, this is a truth about the sport. Mix in a small town fallen on hard economic times where football is everything to the residents and you can understand why this case is so controversial. A young girl was raped. This is a truth. Local law enforcement hasn't done enough to protect the rights of this girl. This is a truth. And we don't talk to our boys enough about rape, about consent, and about how if you see a girl passed out at a party, the correct response is not to laugh and post photographs on the Internet of her with the descriptor "dead body." We talk to our daughters about how not to be raped. We need to talk to our boys about not raping.
When horrible things happen in the news, we speak with our children about them. We talk to them about mass shootings, natural disasters. We talk to them about politics, about celebrity gossip, about what we watched on television last night. But how many of you talk to them about rape? Depending on the ages of your kids, I'm not saying you should go into graphic detail about the horrific circumstances involved in awful cases like the recent one in New Delhi, but we need to raise our kids on a steady information flow that having sex with a person without their consent is never okay. We teach our kids not to murder, we need to teach them not to rape. We need to teach them to protect those at keg parties when they are unconscious. We need to teach them that rape is not a crime of just sex, it's a crime of violence.
Once again, Anonymous has proven to us that it's not just a group of "internet hackers" who share their beliefs for a better world, it's everyone from India to a small town in Ohio. It's not just a group of people in masks supporting a girl who was the victim of a violent crime, it's all of us. We just need to start teaching our kids that rape is never, ever okay, and we need to start demanding that our law enforcement officials start taking rape reports a lot more seriously, even if they involve members of a beloved football team.