I'm gonna keep flogging this one until these assholes are brought to justice. Seriously, WTF, Ohio?
Imagine yourself at a party, a place where you are supposed to be having fun, you pass out from too much booze, and then a couple of guys from the local football team think it's okay to use you as a cum-dumpster all night, even taking your unconscious body to other parties and doing it again, as if you were some kind of blow-up doll. IMAGINE that.
Then, imagine having to wake up the next day, feeling strange, with fragmentary memories of the night before, and then having to piece things together over a period of weeks to find that your peers, the people you have to go to school with, have been laughing at you with comments and VIDEO-commentary of the event (not actual vid of the attack, but it may have been made while it was happening in another room- the reports aren't clear), like others would with a pal who'd gotten peshed and they'd drawn stupid crap all over their face or something and had taken photos of it for 'posterity'. Humiliation of an incredible sort, and the local 'justice' system is apparently just dragging their feet on this.
Why? I don't know. Maybe it's embarrassing to them, somehow (as if THAT fucking matters). Maybe they love their football team more and count it as being more important than the life of one girl who is now a definite candidate for whatever STD's those pukes may have had, getting pregnant (assuming she wasn't on the pill- hell assuming she was even normally sexually-active at only 16), depression (who could go through this and come through emotionally unscathed?) and possibly even suicide.
Why? Because some 'men' couldn't keep it in their fucking pants. Because some 'men' thought they were being 'cool' and 'just having fun'. Because some 'men' don't understand that women are people and should not be treated that way, no matter what they're wearing, where they are, who they are, or whether they've been drinking or doing drugs. You just do not treat another person that way.
Admittedly, the above is just my own snark about how people behave, and may not be at all why things happened the way they did.
Now, for some of the other side: http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/3399893-74/steubenville-case-rape#axzz2K44w79hs
-How much of this is being blown up, or just plain misunderstood? Possibly a fair bit, but a lot of what I suspected, such as the hero-worship of the football team, seems to hold water.
-All involved are 16, and the two boys who are being directly accused of the rape are 'star-athletes' on the team. Okay, fine. So, maybe not more than these two actually raped her (though other articles point to the possibility of there being more), but they took her to other parties while she was unconscious or semi-conscious. That's a problem.
-The video in question is a recording made by another, older teen 'joking' about the incident, while his buddies laugh off-screen. Callous and pretty cold-hearted, there, man. Still looks bad.
-There is a theory that this case might not have made such a splash if it hadn't been for the India gang-rape that sparked riots. They even have a psychologist commenting on that, also claiming that few people would actually help if given the opportunity, for whatever reasons. Personally, I call bogus on that one, but hey, I might be unusual. I don't know about you, but I've pissed off a lot of cops in my time because I 'interfered' with a crime-in-progress. At least, I like to think 'most people' would call the fucking cops!
Another article on the Stupidvi- er Steubenville incident, with some interesting commentary, for and against, mostly against how the situation is being treated and the hell it's putting all involved through. Surprisingly, it's from the New Yorker: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/culture/2013/01/the-lessons-of-steubenville.html
Or, how about another case, remarkably similar from the year before? Savannah Dietrich was also 16 when she was assaulted by two boys from a Catholic school's lacrosse team in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. Worse, she was ordered by the judge on the case to not talk about it! Wait. What? Read about it, here: http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/12/09/thanks-for-ruining-my-life.html
It is the 'culture of silence' that gets to me a lot. Victims of rape, violence and sexual assault get pressured to keep quiet a lot; by peers, family, even the law and the courts. Certainly we're pressured to zip it by overall society and how rape is currently perceived in the wider culture.
People ask stupid questions like "are you sure you didn't consent?" "Did you let him kiss you? (as if this somehow gives him the right to do anything else) "What were you wearing?" Seriously? Shut the fuck up. Or my personal favourite, which came from my own brother when I outed the Step-monster: "Is it possible that you could have mistaken your attacker?" Wow, son, that's just a fucking special breed of stupid.
Somehow, despite my having mild prosopagnosia (face-blindness. Look it up), I'm pretty sure I will have no trouble, whatsoever, in identifying the man who raped me anally several times a week, always at HOME. How in the world could I actually mistake who it was that was raping me, a person who's body I could describe in detail, the texture of his fingers, his smell... What gets me is this was from the brother who is a fucking scientist, who reveres logic, who is an atheist, like me, who I can actually have intelligent conversations with and not have to dumb things down, and he asks that...
When you have that many people in the world, that much media attention showing you up as a failure as a human being for ignoring it and putting their gimlet eye on you, you get nervous, and dammit, maybe that will cause something good to happen and maybe save some woman/girl/child the agony of being chattel, of being a sex-toy, or of being nothing more than a cum-dumpster for a fucking football team in fucking white-bread, corn-fed, clean-cut, All-American, Steubenville, Ohio.