I just read an article about the Steubenville Trial. Essentially, according to this article, high school football stars Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond of Steubenville, OH, “are accused of raping a 16-year-old girl during a party in August 2012. Mays is also charged with “illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material” for pictures he took that night. The victim, who had passed out, didn’t even know she was assaulted until she found out on social media the next day.”
What is really frustrating about this situation is that, as the article pointed out, the alleged rapists deserve a FAIR trial. That means not favoring either side. Unfortunately, the young men in question are being favored here because of their prominence in the community and agendas that have nothing to do with the issue at hand.
The fact that a lawyer can still make the argument “she didn’t say no” with any validity means that we are not doing what we need to do to defend the women of the United States. Granted, it is the lawyer’s job to defend his or her clientele in whatever way they are able. However, such conversations as whether or not she gave a firm enough no should not be tolerated. As many articles have said, the girl was not only victimized by these boys, but then re-victimized by the media. Her family has received hate mail and as much opposition as support. This poor girl has been assaulted and instead of doing everything we can to bring her perpetrators to justice, we are letting ourselves be distracted by this idiotic display.
Whatever the outcome of the trial is, I hope that this case serves as a lesson to the country. Rape Culture is a very real problem. How long are we going to wait to deal with this issue?