The Steubenville rapists got off easy
Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past few weeks, you’ve heard of the rape case in Steubenville, Ohio. If you haven’t heard of it, let me recap it for you.
The victim didn’t say no. She wasn’t even coherent enough to say no, but regardless, she was raped by a couple of the guys from the football team. And the act was caught on video. And passed around on social media. A lot.
She was 15, at a party and yes, she had too much to drink (or something else) and she was out cold. Then the hell started happening to this girl that resulted in her being victimized. Several times. And no one stopped it.
Honestly, that’s all you really need to know.
There are so many things that I could say about this event.. the arrogant and pompous assholes that bragged about what they did. The poverty-stricken, mill town that idolizes the high school football athletes. The use of social media to spread the “event”. The people who stood by, watched it happen and DID NOTHING TO HELP THE GIRL.
But this post? No.. this post I’m going to
rage discuss my ire at CNN and these reporters on their “reporting”. I was stunned at the way that CNN reporter Poppy Harlow reported from the court room. She makes statements like “their lives were full of such potential” “their lives will never be the same”. Rapist, Ma’lik Richmond said, “My life is over – no one is going to want me now”. Don’t believe me? Watch:
Can I say “who cares?”?
What about the victim? Do you think her life is going to “ever be the same”? These guys will only serve 1-2 years in juvie. Do you think that she’ll live with this far longer than these scumbags? The ONLY good thing to come out of this verdict was the fact that these two will walk thru life with the title “sex offender” emblazoned upon their records forever. Their own version of the Scarlet Letter.
I have so many problems with this situation I don’t even know where to start. Let me publicly address one thing, at least. These guys were high school football players who were idolized. I’m sorry, Steubenville that you lives suck so bad that you resort to worshipping 17-year-old sub par football players, but until you realize that they’re just figments of your warped lives, you’ll never be better than you are now. I also feel pretty certain that this is not the first time this has happened in your town and by your players but this time they were dumb enough, cocky enough or both to get busted.
Hey Jocks – here’s a secret: if you put it on the Interwebz, the Interwebz is gonna bust you. Every single fricking time. People don’t like egomaniacs.
Your junk may be big, but the Interwebz is bigger.
But here’s another big issue that I have… the people that stood around and videoed this event happening.
Steubenville and America.. how do you raise your kids to do this? Did you forget the lesson of “if you see someone who needs help, help them”?? Are our kids so demoralized that they would rather get a great piece of video than help a girl who is UNCONSCIOUS and being raped?
I’m disgusted and fired up obviously. I’m disgusted at CNN and the person who told the story (can’t even call her a reporter). I’m disgusted at the people who watched this happen and did nothing to help this child. As a society, we have to stop idolizing people who play sports and other entertainers who don’t stand up to the responsibilities they have with those jobs. We have to put more emphasis on careers that mean something such as teachers, nurses and others who help. We have to start demanding that our media be more than “pretty little bleach blondes who come on at 5:00” as Don Henley would say.
We have to start speaking up for our victims instead of letting the douchebags of society take over and make what they do “okay”.
No means no. In any language. In any phrase. And if – like this young girl – they can’t speak it, then you should assume the answer is no.
Because no matter how great you think you are, you’re not. And no one wants what you think you have.