STEUBENVILLE: A Sickening Reminder Why We Must Continue to Fight Violence Against Women – The Trial!

Published on Jan 4, 2013

Steubenville High School students joke above an alleged rape | Shocking video

An inflammatory video leaked by a hacktivist group purportedly shows Ohio teens laughing and cracking jokes about a student allegedly raped that same night.

Steubenville police said they’re aware of the crude 12-minute clip, posted to YouTube on Wednesday, and that it was previously given to prosecutors in the highly-charged rape case against two players on a local high school football team.

“Since late August 2012, the subject who made the video was interviewed,” Steubenville Police Chief William McCafferty told CBS affiliate WTRF-TV. “This has all been turned over to the prosecutors, which are the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.”

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Steubenville Police Chief Bill McCafferty, aware of the video, says prosecutors have already interviewed the person who filmed it.

The video is the latest electronic evidence that has resurfaced in this case, which has sharply divided Steubenville, a dwindling steel town on the West Virginia border. Making the situation even thornier is that Steubenville High School and its football team, known as Big Red, are widely celebrated for their state championship titles.

Two 16-year-old players, Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond, were charged with rape and kidnapping in the alleged sexual assault of a 16-year-old West Virginia girl last August, according to the Herald-Star. A trial is scheduled for Feb. 13.

The incident gained traction when other players and students talked about the incident on Twitter, posted pictures on Instagram and also uploaded video of the night to YouTube.

Events began at an end-of-summer party in a volunteer football coach’s home, where alcohol was freely flowing, The New York Times reported last month. The girl may have been unconscious, dragged to different parties and raped over several hours, The Times said. She may even have been urinated on.

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Meanwhile, hacktivist group Anonymous has been trying to keep a spotlight on the case, claiming officials are trying to cover up the crime that may involve other football players. The group has organized protest rallies, including another one for Saturday, and recovered some online posts that were deleted by students.

The latest video shows a former Steubenville High School student talking about the alleged rape and referring to the teen involved as a “dead girl.”

Others in the video tried to explain the seriousness of the situation.

“What if that was your daughter?” someone asked.

“But it isn’t,” the student said. “If that was my daughter, I wouldn’t care. I would just let her be dead.”

He went on to ask “is it really rape if you don’t know if she wanted to or not? She might have wanted it. That might have been her final wish.”

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I am literally sick after watching this video! What is our world coming too?

Day One of Steubenville Rape Trial: Prosecutor Outlines Alleged Rape of ‘Substantially Impaired’ 16-Year-Old Girl

THE BLAZE – Mar. 13, 2013 5:10pm

Day One of Steubenville Rape Trial: Prosecutor Outlines Alleged Rape of Substantially Impaired 16 Year Old Girl

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (TheBlaze/AP) — A 16-year-old girl was “substantially impaired” after an alcohol-fueled party, was unable to consent to sex and suffered humiliation and degradation when she was raped by two high school football players, a prosecutor said Wednesday in her opening statement at the boys’ trial.

But a lawyer for defendant Trent Mays said his 17-year-old client “did not rape the young lady in question.”

Special Prosecutor Marianne Hemmeter and Mays’ attorney, Brian Duncan, spoke at the opening of the juvenile court trial that has drawn international attention to a small town in a football-loving region of eastern Ohio.

Hemmeter told Judge Thomas Lipps, who is hearing the case without a jury, that she would show that the girl was “somebody who was too impaired to say no, somebody who was too impaired to say stop.”

The attorney for Mays’ co-defendant, for Ma’Lik Richmond, 16, gave no opening statement.

The case has divided the community amid allegations that more students should have been charged. It has also led to questions about the influence of the local football team, a source of a pride in a community that suffered massive job losses with the collapse of the steel industry.

Day One of Steubenville Rape Trial: Prosecutor Outlines Alleged Rape of Substantially Impaired 16 Year Old Girl

Day One of Steubenville Rape Trial: Prosecutor Outlines Alleged Rape of Substantially Impaired 16 Year Old Girl

Richmond and Mays are charged with digitally penetrating the West Virginia girl, first in the back seat of a moving car after a party Aug. 11 and then in the basement of a house. Mays also is charged with illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material.

Witnesses said the girl was so drunk she threw up at least twice and had trouble walking and speaking. She was also photographed being carried by the two young men.

In an excerpt of a videotaped interview with ABC’s “20/20,” Richmond said the photo was a joke. He contends the girl was awake and was a willing participant, the show said.

Day One of Steubenville Rape Trial: Prosecutor Outlines Alleged Rape of Substantially Impaired 16 Year Old Girl

Following opening statements, prosecutors presented two witnesses, both 17-year-old girls who saw the alleged victim the night of the party. Questions by prosecutors and defense lawyers focused on how much the girl had been drinking that night.

One of the girls, a Steubenville High School student, said the alleged victim was having trouble walking but never appeared to pass out. The other girl said she had never seen her friend so intoxicated.

If convicted, Mays and Richmond could be held in a juvenile jail until they turn 21. They have denied any wrongdoing.

The Associated Press normally does not identify minors charged in juvenile court, but Mays and Richmond have been widely identified in news coverage, and their names have been used in open court.

They were charged 10 days after the party, after a flurry of social media postings about the alleged attack led the girl and her family to go to police.

Steubenville officials have protested that outsiders have unfairly criticized police handling of the case and have given Steubenville a black eye. Officials created a website to counter misinformation about the case, refuting, for example, the allegation that the police department is full of ex-football players from the local powerhouse team, nicknamed Big Red.

Hacker activists have publicized tweets and other social media postings made the night of the alleged rape, including a 12-minute video in which one student joked about the alleged attack while others in the background chimed in.

Watch the extremely disturbing video below (Warning! Graphic content):


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