This morning, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced that four additional Steubenville, Ohio, school employees have been indicted by a grand jury in relation to the Steubenville rape case, in which two high school athletes were tried and convicted in the 2012 rape of a 16-year-old girl. According DeWine, via Huffington Post, those charged are:
- Superintendent Michael McVey (pictured above), with a felony count of tampering with evidence, two felony counts of obstruction of justice, a misdemeanor count of falsification and a misdemeanor count of obstructing official business.
- Steubenville High School wrestling coach Seth Fluharty, for failure to report child abuse or neglect, a misdemeanor.
- West Elementary School Principal Lynnett Gorman, also for failure to report child abuse or neglect, a misdemeanor.
- Steubenville High School volunteer football coach Matthew Belerdine, for allowing underage drinking, obstructing official business, making a false statement in order to mislead a public official and contributing to the delinquency of a child.
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Richard Cohen is a columnist for the Washington Post. He’s also a Roman Polanski apologist, a Clarence Thomas apologist, and a man who’s been personally called out for lewd behavior in front of a 23-year-old aide. So it’s no surprise that Cohen has absolutely nothing good to say about Miley Cyrus and her much ballyhooed twerk-happy VMA performance. In fact, says Cohen, he was so perturbed by the performance that he had to look up the definition of “twerk” in ye olde spellcheck. (We picture him doing this with the help of the Microsoft Office talking paper clip, Clippy, natch.)
Of the performance, Cohen said. “She’s a cheap act, no doubt about it, but for me her performance was an opportunity to discuss one of the summer’s most arresting pieces of journalism — a long New Yorker account [by Ariel Levy] of what became known as the Steubenville Rape. Cyrus should read it.”
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ABC News aired new video of teen partygoers in Steubenville, Ohio, being questioned by police regarding the sexual assault of “Jane Doe,” the then 15-year-old girl whose story has entranced the nation. On the night of her assault, Jane Doe was raped and carried unconscious to multiple parties all while pictures were taken; last week, Ma’lik Richmond and Trent Mays received one year and two years, respectively, in juvenile detention facilities for participating in her abuse. ABC’s video shows teens (their faces not obscured, for some reason) describing how Jane Doe got increasingly drunk throughout the evening — meaning she was less and less able to consent to any sexual behavior. “She was a mess,” says one boy interviewed by cops. “She wasn’t responding. She was passed out.” Keep reading »
“Many people are angry that more time was not given to the offenders. This seems to be the prevailing sentiment. I understand the anger but don’t know if adding a decade onto their sentences would be of any benefit. To me, the problem that needs to be addressed is where in the information chain were the two offenders made to understand that what they did was not wrong on every possible level? You can execute them both tomorrow but still, there is a problem that needs to be dealt with….It is obvious that the two offenders saw the victim as some one that could be treated as a thing. This is not about sex, it is about power and control. I guess that is what I am getting at. Sex was probably not the hardest thing for the two to get, so that wasn’t the objective. When you hear the jokes being made during the crime, it is the purest contempt….So, how do you fix that? I’m just shooting rubber bands at the night sky but here are a few ideas: Put women’s studies in high school the curriculum from war heroes to politicians, writers, speakers, activists, revolutionaries and let young people understand that women have been kicking ass in high threat conditions for ages and they are worthy of respect.”
––Former Black Flag singer and general punk dude Henry Rollins brings up a good point — a prison sentence isn’t going to alter the overall culture of misogyny and, as he so rightly puts it, contempt for women and girls. But changing the culture in which boys and girls grow up can have a positive impact. [Henry Rollins]
Prior to and in the aftermath of the Steubenville rape trial verdict, donations have poured in from supporters wishing to contribute to the rape victim’s legal counsel. But “Jane Doe”‘s attorney Bob Fitzsimmons says he is doing the case pro bono. Since he is not charging his client for his services, she and her family have asked that any donations be sent to the YWCA’s Madden House in Wheeling, West Virginia, an emergency safe-shelter for women who are rebuilding their lives. Fitzsimmons says that they hope “the attention … can help other people that have been victimized by this type of crime,” Fitzsimmons said, “and give them some strength and some assurance that people are there to help them when that happens.” You can check out the organization and donate as little as $2 via PayPal here. [Madden House; Create Our Own Light]
Sweet mother of God, what the hell is happening with teenagers today? Two teenage girls have been arrested for allegedly making threats — on social media — against the Steubenville rape victim, following Trent Mays’ and Ma’lik Richmond’s convictions on Sunday.
“Let me be clear,” Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine (above) said in a news release on his website announcing the arrests this evening. “Threatening a teenage rape victim will not be tolerated. If anyone makes a threat verbally or via the Internet, we will take it seriously, we will find you, and we will arrest you.”
A 16-year-old girl was charged with aggravated menacing for allegedly threatening the life of the victim via Twitter, and a 15-year-old was charged with menacing for allegedly threatening bodily harm via Facebook. In addition to being fucking disgusting, can we talk about how utterly stupid it is to be threatening someone on social media where everyone can see it? Especially when you consider that much of the evidence in the Steubenville rape case — which led to Mays’ and Richmond’s convictions — was gathered on social media. So baffling and depressing. [ABC News]