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Want a lesser rape charge? Become a football player.

The attackers involved in the Steubenville, Ohio rape case have been tried and charged. Both Ma'lik Richmond and Trent Mays were found guilty of raping a intoxicated 16 year old girl; both given a year for the rape and Mays given an extra year for having taken a picture of the girl, lying naked and unconscious on the floor. (use of minor in nudity related material). Oh and the time they spent in custody counts towards their sentence. (You know they’re not ever going to be in there for the full two years….)

On top of that, the story of this trial was covered by CNN who, instead of talking about the impact on the victim and disgusting violence and disregard the rapists had, talked about how “emotional” the trial was and how sad it was that these “star football players”/“good students” had such promising futures and watched as their lives “fell apart”.

THANK YOU FOR FOCUSING ON THE REAL VICTIMS CNN. It’s not like they took advantage of a drunken, unconscious minor, raped her, urinated on her, took photos and live-tweeted the entire thing.

If that wasn’t enough, CNN had a legal counsel of some sort go on to say the most upsetting thing about this was that the boys were registered as sex offenders….

Oh no. The sex offenders have to get the reputation of being sex offenders. How fucking tragic.

Choose: football team or dignity of 16 year old girl

WHY IS THIS EVEN A QUESTION?

For those of you who are unaware, a 16 year old girl was sexually assaulted in Steubenville, Ohio- though this happened in August of 2012, it is only reaching certain people now as half of the small town is trying to hush it up. The reason for this being the alleged rapists are players on a highschool football team and this community is completely centred on the sport.

This girl was drunk at a party, and there are pictures of her being carried by her ankles and wrists, apparently completely unconscious by several boys- who then carried her off to several parties, raped her and one even urinated on her. They instagrammed photos, tweeted and even filmed parts of this night. This video was leaked by an anonymous source and is now everywhere- a group of guys laughing about how “dead” (unconscious) this girl was. I warn you now, this video is not for the faint hearted.

To top it all off, the coach of the boy’s football team, their parents and many members of this football-centric community is claiming these boys are innocent, and that the girl made it up or brought it on herself.

There are a number of petitions everyone can sign, articles to read, and if you want to, a video to watch. Please everyone educate themselves. Our society has become much too passive to this rape culture. Let it end now.