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The Steubenville Ohio Rape Case, Allegedly Involving An Entire Football Team, Continues To Develop [UPDATED]

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Despite the lawsuit, threats, and ugly commentary Alexandria has received since covering this case, she has been relentless in working towards justice being served. I spoke with her earlier this morning about the case, and even though she has had next to no sleep in the last few days she told me this:

It very much bothers me that NOT ONE kid exhibited empathy or compassion that night.I have received SO MANY emails from girls who have been raped there. This is a very real problem there. Rape crews. The cops apparently did not subpoena social media but they immediately contacted Feds when football site was hacked the other day.I truly believe this goes deeper than we know and prob most of those girls have been victimized by these boys.

I hope to interview Goddard at greater length in the upcoming days, but because of her and the the social media response to this, including the work of Anonymous in organizing the protest, it is going to be a lot harder for the residents of Steubenville to get away with rape. Another blog that has been covering the story is here, where Holly Briley is covering the story and has some pretty astounding comments (including threats) from people unhappy with what she has to say.

Steubenville has a population of about 20,000. It’s a small town, only ten square miles, and about 20% of the population lives below the poverty line. Heroin addiction is the latest vice. Football is everything to this city. I am sure there are residents of this town who are appaled by what took place at the “banger” where booze flowed freely and a young girl was carried around like a “dead body.” But in a small town, where everyone knows everyone and football is so important, how safe do people feel about speaking out against the crimes and the fact so many involved have been left unaccountable? There are many towns like Steubenville where things like this don’t happen, where the city is fiercely proud of their football team and they do everything to raise teens who are kind, and decent, and caring people. I’m sure there are many parents in Steubenville who are trying to raise their kids the same.

The world is watching Steubenville. Rapes and gang rapes happen every day, all the world over, and I hope that this one case serves as a lesson to people who witness a passed out person at a party and how to react when something like this does happen. You don’t photograph a girl who is being raped with your cell phone and then post it on twitter. You don’t share the images with your friends and post status updates calling a victim a “whore.” You don’t walk away. It’s horrible this crime had to happen in order for the world to start talking to our kids about rape and rape culture. If anything comes out of Stuebenville, I hope it’s parents talk to their kids about how they would want their peers to act if they were ever in this awful situation. Teens are going to drink. Teens will go to parties where alcohol is present and someone drinks too much and passes out. I hope we see more cases where people stay with a person when this does happen, and makes sure they are safe. As parents, it is our job to raise kids who look out for one another, who care for one another, and who protect one another. If only the kids in Steubenville had thought the same thing.

[UPDATE]: And now, this article comes with added death threats, including a Twitter user by the name of Beverly Banks who want to “rile up” some felons and drug addicts and sic them on the¬†protesters. Props to Holly Briley for this:

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17 Comments

  1. Holly

    December 28, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Im so proud of Prinnie and her tireless efforts to bring this horrible situation to light, and I hope the victim now knows that their are so many people ‘out there’ that support HER and not Big Red.
    Every single person failed this young girl that night.. we can not fail her again.

    • john

      December 28, 2012 at 10:27 pm

      Amen to that.!

  2. righteousbadass

    December 29, 2012 at 2:50 am

    When are parents going to start doing a better job of raising their daughters? This girl obviously had bad parents that did not inform her of the modern dangers of being a teen girl. At the very least her pussy father should be kicking someones ass. I broke the nose of a douche senior jock after I witnessed him grab my 17 yr old daughters ass and make vulgar comments to her. I also had a little chat with his douche father. You have to show NO MERCY to douche bags like these Stupidville football players.

    • meteor_echo

      December 29, 2012 at 5:45 am

      Let me fix this for you:
      When are parents going to start doing a better job of raising their sons? We don’t need to talk to possible rape victims, we need to talk to possible rapists.

    • Eve Vawter

      December 29, 2012 at 8:11 am

      I love you so hard.

    • LiteBrite

      December 29, 2012 at 9:08 am

      I cannot like this comment enough.

      I can tell you right now my husband would be kicking our son’s ass 10 ways ’til Sunday if he ever participated in something like this, although hopefully we will have raised him so that he wouldn’t even remotely consider this situation.

    • Imalia

      December 30, 2012 at 7:28 pm

      This. Just, this.

    • whiteroses

      January 1, 2013 at 6:33 pm

      This. As a parent, if I thought that my son participated in something like this, I’d be kicking his ass. I’d be kicking it also if he was one of the ones who stood by. I hope to raise him in such a way that if it ever comes down to it, he’d be a kid who would see what was happening and stop it.
      Those who just stood by- male and female- are just as guilty as the perps. You know who isn’t guilty? The girl. Or her parents.

    • Mel

      January 2, 2013 at 8:18 pm

      So, according to you, it’s only males who rape people, right Meteor? Please. Let’s not go making outrageous statements. Think a little bit.

    • Leigha7

      January 6, 2013 at 2:06 am

      Were there any female rapists involved in this situation? If not, your point is completely irrelevant here. This is about a particular incident, not a broad discussion of rape in general.

    • CMJ

      December 29, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      Ugh, just ugh on you.

  3. grevyturty

    January 2, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    ALL colleges in the US need to refuse to admit any of the nauseating sub human animals involved in this rape. ALL of them must be convicted and permanently register as sex offenders. No more jockocracy, no more jock worship.

  4. lucygoosey74

    January 3, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    I’ve been out of the media loop for a few days, and just heard about this atrocity today. Words can’t express how deeply disturbed and disgusted I am, and how my heart just bleeds for that poor girl. I cannot imagine the hell that she has been put through, not only by the rapists but by the people that watched, laughed, and did nothing to help..and calling her a WHORE on top of it. What the fuck is wrong with people, honestly, how can they even live with themselves?! I’m becoming a big fan of Anonymous lately, and I love that these assholes are being exposed for the horrible people that they are. Should their personal information be published? Hell yes it should. The victim got no privacy, these kids thought it would be a real laugh to put this shit online, mocking a girl during what will undoubtedly be the most horrific event of her life. I have no sympathy for the disgusting kids who stood by and did nothing..I hope they all get exactly what they deserve. I’ll be praying for the victim.

    • Fiona Beswick

      March 19, 2013 at 7:48 am

      They are guilty. Ok, but now, just for sake of argument, imagine they had been innocent. And imagine they had been your sons. Suddenly accused by Anonymous and their information published. Never mind about their guilt. This is very scary that Anonymous is wielding such power.

  5. Steven J. Gransee

    January 10, 2013 at 9:05 am

    This assault is just one story, in one town, these situations have been going on way too long, and too many people turn a blind eye, or even worse in this case, turn on a camera, snap a photo, as a momentum of the night that girl got raped. She is a human being and clearly many people thought this was okay, and she deserved it, sickening, but there must have been someone who will be tormented for life at what they witnessed, someone who knew this was wrong, and still did nothing. I hope the guilt they have for not trying to stop the assault encourages them to come forward and testify on behalf of this poor girl. As if raping an unconcious girl isnt bad enough, the effort to degrade and shame someone who had no control or knowledge of what was being done to her is shameful. Do you people have sisters, would you watch your sibling be dragged from party to party and raped, justifying the disgusting action of these animals because she was over intoxicated, had sexual relations in the past, when I was a teenager, I drank, I partied, but when I saw a young girl being victimized, I interviened, sometimes letting someone know that you think what they are about to do is gross, not cool, and unacceptable is all it takes. Shame the rapist, not the victim.

  6. ziaira

    January 10, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    stupid stuff lykke bhyee.

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