Courtesy of The LA Times:
“Seventy thousand UltraViolet members stand behind the students in Ohio today in saying enough is enough. There have been far too many ‘get out of jail free’ cards in this case, and AG Mike DeWine should know the whole world is watching Steubenville and we look forward to his response,” Shaunna Thomas, co-founder of UltraViolet, said in a prepared statement.
The Steubenville rape case has drawn international attention and has been compared by some to a rape case in India because both have raised questions about how their respective societies view women.
Steubenville, a city of about 18,000 in eastern Ohio, is a town, like many, that reveres its high school sports programs.
It wasn’t until three days after the alleged rape that the case was reported to police. On Aug. 22, the athletes were arrested and are expected to go on trial next month.
Many believe that charges would never have been filed without the pressure of social media, especially the pictures, one of which showed the unconscious girl. Supporters of the men say social media was used to stage a public lynching and that the victim brought it on herself because she was trying to curry favor with athletes and had placed herself in a bad situation.
A commentor wonders:
I can’t understand why the other football players who took photos of this girl being assaulted, and uploaded them to facebook-instagram and twitter, …. why aren’t they being arrested on producing and distributing child pornography charges? Even if they said the photos and video have been deleted, of course Instagram still has a copy of it and can be tracked back to their photo number uploading and IP address. This prosecutor is either incompetent or in cahoots with Steubenville police who have also not issued subpoenas to the Telephone companies of those players to get the files uploaded and records.
Please sign this Whitehouse petition to ask the Federal Justice Department to do an investigation. Also the Steubenville police should be investigated for obstructing justice.