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Okay. Let’s examine something. Tonya McDowell has been sentenced to five years in prison for enrolling her child in a better school outside of her district. Meanwhile, Trent Mays & Ma’lik Richmond, the rapists from Steubenville, Ohio, got a collective three years of time in a juvenile correctional facility between the two of them, & they’re being made out as the victims because they had “promising futures.” What the ACTUAL FUCK is going on.
“For readers interested in learning more about how not to be labeled as registered sex offenders, a good first step is not to rape unconscious women, no matter how good your grades are. Regardless of the strength of your GPA (weighted or unweighted), if you commit rape, there is a possibility you may someday be convicted of a sex crime. This is because of your decision to commit a sex crime instead of going for a walk, or reading a book by Cormac McCarthy. Your ability to perform calculus or play football is generally not taken into consideration in a court of law. Should you prefer to be known as "Good student and excellent football player Trent Mays" rather than "Convicted sex offender Trent Mays," try stressing the studying and tackling and giving the sex crimes a miss altogether. It's perfectly understandable, when reporting on a rape trial, to discuss the length and severity of the sentence; it is less understandable to discuss the end of two convicted rapists' future athletic and academic careers as if it were somehow divorced from the laws of cause and effect. Their dreams and hopes were not crushed by an impersonal, inexorable legal system; Mays and Richmond raped a girl and have been sentenced accordingly. Had they not raped her, they would not be spending at least one year each in a juvenile detention facility. It is unlikely that Candy Crowley and Poppy Harlow are committed rape apologists; more likely they simply wanted a showy, emotional angle at the close of a messy and sensationalized trial. Since the identity of the victim is protected, and the rapists obliged the camera crews by memorably breaking down and crying in court, they found an angle to match: extremely gifted young men were brought tragically low by... mumblemumblesomething. That isn't how rape trials ought to be discussed by professional journalists.”—Mallory Ortberg http://gawker.com/5991003/cnn-reports-on-the-promising-future-of-the-steubenville-rapists-who-are-very-good-students
I hope everyone knows their names. Everyone in this damn country. I hope their lives are ruined - I hope, god, I hope, that karma gets them back twice as hard, no lives, no college, no career. You stupid kids can live under the poverty line your entire lives and I would not - could not - bring myself to care, to give you any pity, not even a penny for your thoughts.
As for the rest of us? Might as well hit the self-destruct button now. This species peaked. We’re reverting back to animals, turning into monsters. High school kids taking pictures and videos of an assault, posting them on the internet, laughing about the rape. Grown men and women sympathizing with these kids as their verdict got handed to them. It’s enough to make my blood boil.
Reaction to the reaction to the Steubenville rape case
I get it. It was probably really emotional in that courtroom. But it’s obvious that there are outstanding voices in the media with woefully messed-up priorities. And yeah, I’m talking about Candy Crowley and Poppy Harlow from CNN. The way their report went, you’d think Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond were the victims here! Like, wow, what a mean ol’ judge Thomas Lipps was for ruining the lives of those bright young men!
I have no doubt that they were good students and star athletes. So yeah, it’s sad that their lives and reputations are going to take a serious hit that WILL haunt them for the rest of their lives? But you know what? That’s what you get for raping a 16-year-old girl. Are we just gonna overlook that? They committed the crime of rape and were found guilty in a court of law!
But nooooo, that’s not the issue, I guess. The issue is that those poor boys, one of whom cried his eyes out in the courtroom are gonna be registered sex offenders, huh? They showed so much promise, but this is to be the end result! Well, rightfully so. Because they’re rapists. Look, if CNN’s reporters want to be bleeding hearts, that’s fine. But they ought to be responsible about it. They can’t just let their crimes go. You know what that does? It makes the perpetrators victims, thus erasing the TRUE victim and her suffering.
But hey, it’s not like being drugged and raped haunts you for the rest of your life too, right?
"Rape Case In Steubenville Not Over * Death Threats, Arrests, Petitions, & Grand Jury Investigation" (Salzillo 2013)
No, it is not over. And as a society, we owe much to Jane Doe for reporting her rape, going through the trial, and now, having to bear the aftermath of more ignorance, more hatred and, hopefully, more justice.
The same day the Steubenville rapists received their sentences, the rape victim, Jane Doe, received death threats via Twitter and Social Media. Arrests have been made.
The same night, a petition was started, which now contains over 100,000 signatures, and was sent to CNN, demanding an apology. Petitioners feel CNN’s coverage was more sympathy to the rapists, rather than the rape victim.
The next day a petition circulating Facebook, demanding one of the Steubenville football coaches be fired. The coach stated he didn’t think the players involved, the night of the rape, should be kicked off the team.
And now, Ohio State Attorney General Mike DeWine revealed that a Grand Jury will be called April 15 with as many as 16 others facing possible charges.
“We’ve gone a long way in this investigation and we’re almost there. The grand jury will finish up that investigation,” DeWine said shortly after Ma’lik Richmond and Trent Mays were found guilty of rape.
DeWine said 16 people refused to talk with investigators and face possible crimes that include failure to report a felony and failure to report child abuse.
“This community desperately needs to have this behind them, but this community also desperately needs to know justice was done and that no stone was left unturned,” he said.
*Rape is caused by misogyny, rapists, institutional tolerance and structual violence. Rape is not caused by clothing, being in the wrong place, being drunk, or not being careful.
If You’ve Been Raped Or Sexually Assaulted, Please Seek Help:
Call: National Rape, Abuse, & Incest Hotline: 1.800.656.HOPE
Join: Facebook Group:Rape Is Never Justified:https://www.facebook.com/…
Visit: UniteWomen.org: https://www.facebook.com/…
If you honestly, HONESTLY believe that the girl who was raped is ruining the boys' lives,
then please unfollow me right now.
And don’t fucking try to make me feel sorry for those boys either, or put the girl at fault in any way.
She was taken advantage of by those boys who knew FULL WELL what they were doing.
There are no if’s, and’s or but’s to this.
A girl was kidnapped, drugged, raped, videotaped and then left naked on the ground of an unfamiliar place. Now, she’s going to have to live with that stigma for the rest of her life, along with all the physical and psychological trauma.
So, don’t fucking tell me that those boys don’t deserve the hell I hope is going to be sent their way.
I want to share a story with you. This is a true story that I am embarrassed about, but I think is important to tell and might put things in perspective for you.
When I was 18, I went to a party full of Chico State fraternity guys with my very close friend who was part of the fraternity. Now, if you have ever heard of Chico, it is probably because the university is considered a major “party school.”
I got so drunk that the last thing I remember was telling the only person I knew at the party that one of his frat brothers could drive me home because I was not ready to leave. He left, and I immediately started puking in the bathroom sink. The next morning, I woke up on my friend’s couch. His fraternity brother had held my hair until it was safe to drive me home. He did not rape me because he was not a rapist.
Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond ARE rapists, and they were found guilty for the crimes they committed.