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Bad things happen to whistleblowers right now. Last year, two high-school football players in Steubenville, Ohio, raped an unconscious sixteen-year-old girl over several hours. They took photo footage of themselves doing it, and shared it among their friends. When the pair were finally convicted and sentenced to between one and two years in jail earlier this year, mainstream news outlets wailed that two promising athletes had had their futures ruined, the implication being that the victim really should have shut up and kept quiet and understood that her future and her trauma are far less important than the ambitions of young men.

What was truly shocking, however, was that the case was only prosecuted after a sustained campaign by internet activists, including the protest group Anonymous, which released video and photographic evidence of the crime and drew the world’s attention to how little local law enforcement cares about rape victims. Now one of the hackers who helped bring the Steubenville rapists to justice, 26-year-old Deric Lostutter — otherwise known as “KYAnonymous” - is being prosecuted by the FBI.

If convicted of computer-related crimes, Lostutter could spend ten years in jail. That’s at least five times as long as the rapists. Even if he isn’t convicted, his defence could cost hundreds of thousands - he is collecting donations online. Lostutter is entirely unapologetic, and told Josh Harkinson at Mother Jones that he believes that the FBI and Steubenville officials are pursuing him to send a message: “They want to make an example of me, saying, ‘You don’t fucking come after us. Don’t question us.’"

This is how the surveillance state works, and it’s also how patriarchy works. The message is: don’t tell. Don’t ever tell. The people who have power, whether that’s the state or the boys on the football team, are allowed to know what you’re up to, constantly, intimately, and they can and will punish you for it, but if you turn the tables and show the world how power is abused, you can expect to be fucked with, and fast.

—  What Do Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning and the Stebenville Hacker Have in Common?–  Laurie Penny in NewStatesmen
Anonymous hacktivist who exposed the Steubenville rapists faces more prison time than the actual rapists

January 12, 2014

Deric Lostutter, the 26-year-old “hacktivist” who leaked the evidence that led to the conviction of two of the Steubenville, Ohio rapists is now facing more time behind bars than the rapists he exposed. The Steubenville Rape Case made national headlines when a video made by the rapists themselves, and their friends, proved that their victim was unconscious and unable to consent.

Instead of giving Lostutter thanks for exposing these criminals, however, the FBI raided his house last April. At first, Lostutter had denied that he was the man in the video, but he decided to come forward after the appalling reaction of the rapists after they were exposed.

Lostutter is now facing ten years behind bars for obtaining tweets and social media posts which revealed the details of the rape as well as for threatening action against the Steubenville rapists and school officials who helped to cover up the crime. Lostutter posted the video to the Steubenville High School football team website, bringing national attention to the case and the cover-up.

Word of Lostutter’s 10-years comes just as one of the rapists themselves, Ma’Lik Richomond, 16, was just released from prison for “good behavior.”

The Richomond family released a statement, following the release, which focused on how hard the past 16 months have been for Ma’Lik. The attorney for Ma’Lik’s rape victim noted there was no apology made to her in that statement.

“Although everyone hopes convicted criminals are rehabilitated, it is disheartening that this convicted rapist’s press release does not make a single reference to the victim and her family — whom he and his co-defendant scarred for life. One would expect to see the defendant publicly apologize for all the pain he caused rather than make statements about himself. Rape is about victims, not defendants. Obviously, the people writing his press release have yet to learn this important lesson,” attorney Robert Fitzsimmons said.

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Deric Lostutter, the notorious Anonymous hacker who outed high school football players in the groundbreaking Steubenville rape case, emailed me last night to say, “I am firing my lawyer, wondering if you wanted to break the story, homelessness and sexwork involved.” Of course, I said yes.

Finding work has been hard ever since he gained notoriety, so the 28-year-old has started camming with his wife

This is the guy who brought Steubenville Ohio’s Rape Culture to its knees.

Philly.com

To some, he’s an Internet terrorist with no regard for the real-world impact of his actions. To others, he’s a valiant hero, championing the cause of those in need from the comfort of his own home. No matter how you perceive him, Deric Lostutter’s story is an example of the future in the present and the decade of jail time he could face for his involvement in the hacking and supposedly illegal online activism surrounding the now infamous Steubenville rape trial should stir a compelling public debate on right and wrong on the Internet.

Lostutter is the man formerly known as KYAnonymous. He’s the man responsible for bringing the rape of an underage girl in Steubenville, OH to homepages and newspapers across the globe.

Today, Esquire published a four-page profile of Lostutter written by John H. Richardson. The feature covers everything from the details of the sexual assault in Ohio to the FBI raid of Lostutter’s home in Kentucky to the current state of affairs concerning the grand jury investigation and the cases against hackers and whistleblowers like Lostutter.

In full @ Philly.com

This isn’t about being a man or a woman. This is about being a human being. Every person who stands with rape survivors is a hero we desperately need, and every person shamed into silence is a voice we can’t afford to lose. By threatening Deric with 10-25 years, our government is sending the message that we should stay silent or else. By standing with him today, we give our response: a long as rape culture exists, we will never be silenced – and we will never stop fighting.
—   Melanie Jones on Deric Lostutter, Democracy Now Live

(via We Stand With Deric Lostutter: Support the Steubenville Whistleblower Now!)

“The Steubenville rape case helped spark a national conversation about victim-blaming and rape culture.

But the victim only got justice because Anonymous leaked significant social media evidence implicating the assailants — and for distributing those tweets, photos, and video, 26-year-old Deric Lostutter faces more prison time than the rapists got themselves.

Lostutter faces up to ten years behind bars if he’s convicted of hacking-relating crimes. Now he’s gearing up for a costly legal battle — and as he calls for donations, we call on you to give him the nationwide support he needs to win his trial.

The Ohio U.S. Attorney’s office and the DOJ are sending a dangerous message to men who stand up : Don’t get involved, or else. Let them know we still stand with Deric: Sign your support for his actions and oppose sending him to prison, now!”

Deric Lustutter helped put rapists behind bars and give a victim justice. Are we really going to reward him with a decade in prison??

Year after year, people who actually go out of their way to help out are crucified. No wonder this generation is fucked: it’s a generation that knows the cost of helping someone out is higher than ignorance. 

We Stand With Deric Lostutter: Support the Steubenville Whistleblower Now!

The Steubenville rape case helped spark a national conversation about victim-blaming and rape culture.

But the victim only got justice because Anonymous leaked significant social media evidence implicating the assailants — and for distributing those tweets, photos, and video, 26-year-old Deric Lostutterfaces more prison time than the rapists got themselves.

Lostutter faces up to ten years behind bars if he’s convicted of hacking-relating crimes.  Now he’s gearing up for a costly legal battle — and as he calls for donations, we call on you to give him the nationwide support he needs to win his trial.

The Ohio U.S. Attorney’s office and the DOJ are sending a dangerous message to men who stand up : Don’t get involved, or else. Let them know we still stand with Deric: Sign your support for his actions and oppose sending him to prison, now!

Click here to sign the petition.

this may be the information age, but it’s also the pro-male, blame the victim, slut-shaming age as well. 26-year-old corporate cyber security expert Deric Lostutter, also known as KYAnonymous, who’s work played a key role in exposing this crime, could face up to ten years in prison if he’s convicted of hacking. That sentence is five times longer than the ones given to the actual rapists themselves. …What a great message! ‘Hey—rape a woman, and we’ll throw the book at you. Help catch and convict the rapist, and we’ll throw a whole library at your face
—  John Fugelsang, Viewpoint
Meet Deric Lostutter, the hacker who helped bring justice

to the rape case in Steubenville by exposing the tweets and instagrams where the rapists and friends belittled, insulted, and joked about the rape victim, as well as publishing a photo of her being dragged around by them.

 

Now he faces up to 10X more jail time than the convicted rapists. 

He stood up where the justice system failed to protect the innocent victim of rape. America’s legal system is strongly based on intent, and this man had only the intent of shining light on a crime ignored by the system, and bringing justice where it was due. 

Pictures taken from Mother Jones: Leader of Steubenville Op on Being Raided by the FBI 

Think this isn’t fair?
Sign the petitions at Change.org and Whitehouse.gov 

Or, Donate to his Defense Fund

 http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/06/07/2119171/anonymous-hacker-steubenville-jail

This guy, Deric Lostutter, exposed the Steubenville rapists and could face 10 years in jail. That’s longer than the rapists if he is convicted of hacking. He is actually a hero in rape culture, bringing forth the two men who raped that young woman but he is being treated like what he did was far worse. Someone who rapes a woman, scars her for life, and defiles her faces less time in a jail than a man who hacked their tweets, instagram photos, and a video exposing these high school football players, bringing justice and some sense of closure for this woman and to all women. This federal system is scum. The news is scum. Placing rape at a lower offense than hacking is scum. 

So apparently this guy Deric Lostutter is being charged for hacking that resulted in shining light on the Steubenville rape case and could potentially serve ten years in jail. I get that hacking is an invasion of privacy and illegal, but that is five times as long of a sentence one of the rapists and ten times longer than the other. I am sorry, but I do not see his crime, if he actually did do it, as worthy of more punishment than what those rapists did. They harmed a human being and he allegedly exposed them for their crime. This is simply b.s.. 

Government Should Be Thanking Steubenville Hacktivist, Not Prosecuting Him

With all of the many faux scandals running wild these days, it might be hard to recognize the real deal when it comes along, but this is a real scandal. KYAnonymous, a hacker who helped to expose the Steubenville cover up of the brutal rape of a 16-year-old girl, is possibly facing more prison time than the two convicted rapists.

Ultra Violet started a petition to urge the government to drop their charges. They write, “Deric Lostutter, also known as KYAnonymous, helped expose the now-infamous Steubenville, Ohio teen rape case and cover-up.2 Without his work, we don’t know if Jane Doe would have ever received justice…

Now, he’s facing 10 years in prison for his role in “hacking” and uncovering this awful crime–while the actual rapists will serve no more than 2 years.

This is flat out wrong, and outrage is building ever since news of this story broke on Friday. The U.S. Attorney and the Department of Justice could decide not to prosecute Lostutter, reduce the charges, or take prison time off the table. Public pressure is what brought justice in Steubenville in the first place, and public pressure can help end this witch hunt against Lostutter. Can you sign the petition telling the U.S. Attorney and the Department of Justice that Lostutter is a hero, not a criminal?”

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