Fallout from the Steubenville Rape Conviction...for everyone

The verdict is in regarding the case of the two Steubenville, Ohio, rape case against two boys accused of raping a 16 year old girl. It's juvenile court so their sentences will be 1 year for one of the boys and 2 for the other, the difference being that one of the boys published a video of the offense. They will be in a juvenile facility, not regular prison.

Once they've served their sentences, both will have to register as sexual offenders wherever they go in the U.S. for the rest of their lives or face more prison time. Both were local football stars and good students. Now their futures are in a shambles. No, I don't feel sorry for them. They made their choice, and given the evidence of their values, they probably would have done some pretty shitty stuff at some time in their lives even had they not done this.

Other people took photos and videos of the situation as well. What's the significance of that? The Attorney General of Ohio has announced that this case isn't over. It's now known who was present and others may have participated to one degree or other. Also, not one kid present attempted to intervene, to call 911, or even to call an adult. It may be that some of them will have to stand trial as well.

Most of us here are no longer minors, but there's a lesson for us as well from the fact that so much of this case hung on evidence in social media and on the cell phones of those present (pictures, videos). The day when so many crimes came down to "he said, she said" or conflicting testimony are receding into the rear view mirror. 

It started with security video, then police dash cam video, but now cameras are everywhere. Almost everyone has a camera in their pocket, their purse, or on their belt. When someone does something bad, the chance it'll be caught on camera increases daily.

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"When someone does something bad, the chance it'll be caught on camera increases daily."

Smile -  Camera God Loves You

 

A recent rape case here was solved pretty quickly when the rapist was caught on camera ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HiBck13rpcA

go to 2:30 on the clip.

Unfortunately she was killed.

 

 

Is that the right clip? I see neither a rape nor a murder.

 

Sorry Unseen - go to 1:30 on the clip

It captures him talking to her ... This was the last time she was seen.

Watch the right hand corner of the shop window.

Oh, I'm going to see him talking to her. Well, that's a whole lot less salacious. LOL

 

They still got him ... we dont even need to see the crime taking place to find out who did it. ...

It was him and thats good enough.

 

It also has been said that there may have been two more (unconscious) girls as well. The difference is that some guys still think it's possible escape justice if they're athletes.

True. In your midwest small towns you have what might be called the "Friday Night Lights Syndrome." In some of these small towns, strange as it may seem, the local high school team functions much as a pro football team does in a big city. Winning the state high school championship is like winning the Superbowl. Steubenville and Massillon in Ohio are high school football powerhouses (I could probably name more if I actually followed high school football). I'm sure there are similar high schools in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and other midwest states. The local football stars are treated like royalty.

To me, I'm stunned by the idea that both of the boys (one 16 and the other 17) are shown in TV reports. I thought that generally minors involved in almost any kind of case are not shown either by edict of the court or voluntarily by the news sources.

BTW, any kids who took shots of the nude girl could be convicted of making and possessing child porn and also could be adjudicated sex offenders and have to register for the rest of their lives. 

Now, Ohio uses a very groad definition of rape. There is, as far as I've ascertained, no accusation of penile penetration. It was totally finger penetration. But in Ohio that's rape if the victim isn't consenting.

I haven't followed this case, so thanks? for the gory details. I can't believe that her peers participated as bystanders--that is a new low. I'm mildly surprised that Ohio has such good laws. I mean, Ohio, who would have thought?

I don't like the idea of teens' or kids' film of their own peer group being considered child pornography. Technically that's what they're creating but I wouldn't consider them child pornographers. Ugh, this is murky and twisted and now you can see why I did not go into law!

To me, I'm stunned by the idea that both of the boys (one 16 and the other 17) are shown in TV reports. I thought that generally minors involved in almost any kind of case are not shown either by edict of the court or voluntarily by the news sources.

BTW, any kids who took shots of the nude girl could be convicted of making and possessing child porn and also could be adjudicated sex offenders and have to register for the rest of their lives.

You're stunned?

They should be given a taste of their own medicine and get finger-fucked on TV.

Well, it's about time!

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