Trent Mays

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Trent Mays

There are a million things wrong with this story, but this is what’s making me the most angry. This quote was Trent Mays’ “apology” after being found guilty in court. No apology for what he did, just that he got caught. So sickening.

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? 

The question that needs to be asked

So, we know that Reno, the head coach, told one of the rapists that he’d take care of it. Obviously, this is totally wrong and I want his ass arrested for tampering with evidence. But it begs the question: how many times has he “taken care of it” before?

Rape tends to be a serial crime and one of the witnesses testified that they’ve seen Richmond and Mays do things like this before. And due to the blase attitude of everyone that witnessed it, I suspect that this was not the first time they’d witnessed something like this. The rapists stunk of entitlement, seemingly thinking that because they were good at football, they were invincible. And I’m sure they weren’t the only Big Red players, past of present, who felt that way.

And considering the way people have reacted to the whole thing, it’s not hard to figure out why other victims would decide not to come forward. Most rape victims don’t. And I think other victims would be even less inclined to do so. The victim in this case lived in another state, so she at least wasn’t entirely surrounded by outraged Big Red fans. If any of the other victims went to the same school as their attackers, they’d likely face daily torment for coming forward.

So my question to Reno is simple: How many other girls have you allowed to be victimized for the sake of a football trophy?