There’s a lot of what you might call “deja vu all over again” with the Steubenville, Ohio rape story.
You’ve got the too important to fail football jocks treated like local gods, the inebriated young woman, the mob rape act(s), and the assumption that she’ll be maligned as a slutty whore and the males will be let off as free and upstanding young men with a bright future ahead of them.
[I”d dig up all sorts of links to verify just how many of those stories we’ve seen the last 20 years but one of my resolutions is to have a life and I promised my guy we’d leave the house to hit the gym in 15 minutes].
But young people are different now. This new generation can’t live without instagramming every god damn minute of existence even if what’s going on under their collective noses is a gang-molestion-rape scenario. To be clear, I have nothing against instagramming. But if you’re chuckling and instagramming a crime and sharing it and doing nil to halt it… Then I would prefer that you come really close to me so I can give you some free plastic surgery with my fists.
Add to THAT the fact that this story comes with a football coach so ragestrokey and egomaniacal that he physically threatens the New York Times reporter who tries to talk to him [is this really an unwritten Tennessee Williams play modernized for today’s audiences?] and…:
Approached in November to be interviewed about the case, Saccoccia said he did not “do the Internet,” so he had not seen the comments and photographs posted online from that night. When asked again about the players involved and why he chose not to discipline them, he became agitated.
“You made me mad now,” he said, throwing in several expletives as he walked from the high school to his car.
Nearly nose to nose with a reporter, he growled: “You’re going to get yours. And if you don’t get yours, somebody close to you will.”
from the MUST READ EVERY PAGE Rape Case Unfolds on Web and Splits City
By last Sunday, Anonymous was fully engaged in seeking justice for the young woman wronged:
“Computer hackers hijacked the Web site of a prominent Ohio high school football team late Sunday, threatening to release the personal data of school officials, coaches and every player on the team if those involved in a suspected rape did not publicly apologize to the girl and her family.”
from Hackers of Football Team’s Web Site Demand Apology in Rape Case – NYTimes
Today they demonstrated in Steubenville. They vow to return next Saturday January 5th.
— Cassandra #KnightSec (@CassandraRules) December 29, 2012
See more photos at DEMOTIX
It looks like the victim’s family is not filing a lawsuit quite yet. But they have hired on an attorney. From a recent interview:
Herbick: When do you expect to file a suit? Are you planning on filing a suit? And would any homeowners where this alleged drinking occurred be named defendants, or anyone else for that matter?
Fitzsimmons: I prefer not to answer that kind of question at this point; we’re just not prepared to answer a question at this time.
Here are the hashtags to look up. Give ’em a look-see:
#OpRollRedRoll [the local football team is called The Reds]
Here’s what the now-restored-after-being-hacked Steubenville football team’s site says
“As you are probably aware, this web site was recently hacked into illegally numerous times by a terrorist group. The outrageous claims they made while controlling this site were totally false, completely absurd, and totally unfounded. They were clearly both libelous and slanderous, and were not even intended to reveal truth, but rather simply to get media attention and terrorize the Steubenville community. Innocent people have been greatly harmed.
Unfortunately, several national media outlets, including the New York Times, have recklessly decided to aid and abet these acts of illegality and give the terrorists exactly what they wanted by disseminating inaccurate and legally actionable information and accusations. Incredibly, they have done so without even bothering to contact this web site for comment.
We wish to make it clear that we will pursue legal justice against the perpetrators of these evil acts and all of those in the media who chose to help them.
Roll Red Roll