Thousands of people have signed a petition calling on CNN to apologize for its controversial coverage of the Steubenville rape trial.

The network drew fire on Sunday after many critics said it spent more time focusing on the damage to the lives and the "promising futures" of the two teenagers convicted of raping a girl than on what had happened to the girl herself. Though it was not alone in its emphasis on the boys, CNN received the brunt of the outrage.

The petition, which was posted to Change.org, had received over 30,000 signatures by early Monday afternoon. (UPDATE: by Monday night, the petition had drawn over 80,000 signatures.) Petition author Gabriel Garcia tore into CNN:

That CNN decided to paint the tears of the convicted Steubenville rapists in a sympathetic light and say how their lives were ruined -- while completely ignoring the fact that the rape victim's life is the one whose life was ruined by these rapists' actions -- is disgusting and helps perpetuate a shameful culture in which young people never understand the concept of consent and in which rape victims are blamed and ostracized. Changing that culture must be done brick by brick, and it can start by heaping public shame on this major cable news network and forcing them to admit that they are wrong. Publicly.

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  • Flavia Dzodan

    CNN a month ago: OMG SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE FOR THOSE POOR INDIAN WOMEN! CNN today:poor defendants #Steubenville! what abt their future!

  • Sharon

    So far @cnn has made no comments on Candy @crowleyCNN s thoughts on the #Steubenville rapists? Didn't fire her yet? Good w/rape?

  • Flavia Dzodan

    CNN seems to want us to believe that rape culture is "other people's problems" and not pervasive and toxic in the West as well

  • Matt Bors

    CNN's reaction to the Steubenville rape verdict is shameful http://t.co/V6lHy0kmff

  • Danice Andrus

    RT @Anniefromkansas: HOW ABOUT RAPE VICTIM???CNN grieves that guilty verdict ruined ‘promising’ lives of Steubenville rapists | http://t.co/p4NOWXwIN2

  • Rhonda Hansome

    Not the #rape but guilty verdict ruined ‘promising’ lives of #SteubenvilleRapists? #RealMenDoNotRape http://t.co/uA8p1aWMq6

  • Txue Yang

    RT @HalloweenBlogs: .@jmcaninch68 They were doing the same sympathetic nonsense on #AlexWitt on @msnbc - RAPE is RAPE @cnn #CNNFail #MSNBCFail #EpicFail

  • Muffin's Mom

    CNN promoting rape culture! #SCUM CNN grieves that guilty verdict ruined ‘promising’ lives of Steubenville rapists | http://t.co/koAGibcz7t

  • LondonFringe

    RT @tonyajonemiller: Hey @CNN, glad you care so much about the rapists. What about what happens to the rape VICTIM? http://t.co/iq6jC5xqiT (via @MattBors)

  • maggie

    RT @usedtobgop: @jungmuse HEY @cnn men who rape AREN'T pillars of society! WAKE THE HELL UP! NO wonder your ratings stink! http://t.co/Cr8x5P7EEy …

  • Warren 2016

    RT @Angie_Coiro: I've always respected @crowleyCNN so much, and hope she will address this publicly: http://t.co/JQcIAOyNB5 … It's just so wrong.

  • Rodd

    RT @ScottySSWB: Dear @CNN when reporting a story about rape you probably shouldnt try to make us feel bad for the rapists lives being ruined, #Steubenville

  • Scott

    Dear @CNN when reporting a story about rape you probably shouldnt try to make us feel bad for the rapists lives being ruined, #Steubenville

  • The Notorious B.F.G.

    @CNN Please rethink your approach on Steubenville. The football players are not the victims so don't portray them as such.

  • Luis Heras

    CNN grieves that guilty verdict ruined ‘promising’ lives of Steubenville rapists | The Raw Story http://t.co/uThdDSC6lM