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02:06 PM on 07/24/2012
I've gathered from various news articles about this case that the boys molested their victim. Apparently, no sexual intercourse took place. And yet, I keep reading the word rape. The author of this article didn't use the word, but people automatically assume that the victim was raped when they read about sexual assault.

My point is that there must have been a reason for the decision of a female judge, who is hardly an evil patriarch, to let these boys off with a slap on the wrist, and without a permanently damaged reputation and a ruined future. I have no idea what really happened there, but imagine the following scenario: A girl passes out drunk at a party. Some equally large boys lift her shirt and touch her breasts and record the incident on video.

Does this deserve to be called sexual assault? Certainly. But rape? I don't think so. Of course I'm probably engaging in victim blaming and the promotion of rape culture and whatnot by sticking to the facts, or in this case the circumstance that we don't know the facts. The appropriate and politically correct response is probably to write an outraged blog post under the headline "rape victim charged with contempt for naming her rapists who brutally and repeatedly gangraped her". I promise to try and be less rational and level-headed in the future.
02:06 PM on 07/24/2012
PERHAPS all this is an opportunity for a law suit against the boys for civil rights violations. This would allow the question and answer session that was denied at the trial. This way, some relief may be had, some measure of compensation to the victim. It will of course keep the matter in the press and on the internet, but since this has helped others to come out about their abuse and, or molestations, it may be of greater benefit than can be imangined.
01:58 PM on 07/24/2012
I am so proud of this girl for owning her story, despite being told she wasn't allowed to, for being brave enough to stand up to a court of law AND the boys who raped her and then violated her again by sending the video tape out to all of their friends. When she was told she was not allowed to tell her story or identify her rapists, she did anyway, paving the way for her to regain her self-esteem, to own her story again, to broker the conversation that has begun. God bless her and this new generation of women who are brave enough to stand up against such incomprehensible injustice and use social media to do so.
01:55 PM on 07/24/2012
Typical justice. The victim is charged with a crime, but her sexual assailants essentially get off scot-free.
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01:35 PM on 07/24/2012
Good for you girl. I'd do the same thing. They should be put on blast for the rapists they are. I'm so tired of this country protecting the rights of monsters. They don't deserve some of their rights in my opinion.
01:21 PM on 07/24/2012
Attackers DESERVE to have their names tweeted- sorry, if you're going to be doing s*&t like that in this day and age, you deserve the consequences.... the public ones. (The best punishment would be to let this girl's dad have them).
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01:14 PM on 07/24/2012
“He Who is Compassionate to the Cruel Will Ultimately Become Cruel to the Compassionate.” – Jewish Biblical Midrash

Some historical lessons bear revisiting
01:10 PM on 07/24/2012
"I'm at the point that if I have to go to jail for my rights, I will do it."

Good for her! Talking about such an incident is what helps some people move forward. So what, she's just supposed to keep quiet about it and internalize her emotions? The world NEEDS more sexual abuse victims to come forward.. we should be applauding, not chastising her for her decision.
12:52 PM on 07/24/2012
Justice for all but the victim.
12:46 PM on 07/24/2012
Hope there's a good civil lawsuit out of this against the boys' parents - at least their names are public record and even in Kentucky the public can figure it out.
12:43 PM on 07/24/2012
So if they are all under age and pictures of the 'event' were taken, isn't that also child pornography? If the boys involved took the photos shouldn't they be tried as adults for it?
12:43 PM on 07/24/2012
American justice - protect the criminal at all costs, to hell with the victom and to hell with the rights for the public to be defended from animals. Meanwhile, our rights of being armed are being attacked by the same government and jidicial system thaty does this.
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12:38 PM on 07/24/2012
The Defense Attorney's are nothing but Bullies. They are a different breed of cat I tell ya. Talk about stepping over the line. Dietrich is fighting the system of Unjustice. Way to go. Glad to hear there are people like her out there fighting such a lonely battle. Carry on!
12:37 PM on 07/24/2012
Way to go. F the court they are only there to protect the criminals anyways. Put me on the jury and you will be not convicted.
12:24 PM on 07/24/2012
so savannah gets victimized twice.... nice going, your honor...