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Steubenville Rape Trial Verdict: Guilty

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A judge announced Sunday morning that the defendants, Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond, have been found guilty of rape. The two were accused of sexually assaulting an intoxicated 16-year-old, an action that was recorded on a cell phone, at a high school party in August, 2012. The boys will serve their sentence at a juvenile detention facility.

The victim testified in court on Saturday that she could not remember the attack and waking up naked in a house she did not recognize. Her earrings, shoes, cell phone, and underwear were missing. It was after she read text messages among friends and saw a video that made fun of her and the alleged attack that she realized she was sexually assaulted. Two of her former friends that were with her at the party took the stand last week, describing how much she drank and how intoxicated she was. Other witnesses noticed how she had trouble walking and was puking.

Three of the witnesses were boys that witnessed the sexual assault, but didn’t try to stop it or report it, yet they were not charged. This fueled rumors that the town was covering up members of its beloved football team. One of the boys actually recorded the assault, deleting it the morning after. Ohio’s attorney general plan to announce later Sunday whether additional charges will be brought in the case. One of the defendants asked his friend to cover for him, proof that he knew what he was doing was wrong. Visiting Judge Thomas Lipps announced the verdict 10 a.m. Eastern time. After the verdict was read, the defendants and their family members openly wept at the verdict.

Mays was sentenced to a minimum of two years in a juvenile correctional facility and Richmond was sentenced to a minimum of one year. The Department of Youth services will rule whether the two boys will be detained longer, depending on their behavior and rehabilitation. At the most, they would could be in the juvenile correctional facility until they are 21. They will also be credited for the time they had served before the trial.

So for raping a girl, they could ONLY be serving 1-2 years in a Juvenile facility.

Sexual Assault Facts:

  • A woman in the United States is sexually assaulted every 2 minutes.
  • 25% of women and 10% of men are sexually assaulted in their life time.
  • 30% of all sexual assaults occur when the perpetrator is under the influence of alcohol. 
  • 80-90% of acquaintance rape involves alcohol.
  • Girls ages 16-19 years-old are 4 times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape.

 

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Steubenville Gang Rape Case: February Update

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In my earlier article about the Gang Rape in Steubenville, Ohio, I wrote on how a 16-year-old girl was raped by several members of the high school football team in Steubenville. Though there were possibly 50 witnesses to the rape and several students posted pictures and videos online of the unconscious girl at parties, no one came forward to report any of the rapists. Though the case was kept under wraps for months, it has gain national attention after New York Times and the technology-hacker group Anonymous became involved. Here is a February update on the case:

The two defendants, Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond, are facing rape charges in juvenile court. Mays’ attorney Adam Nemann asked for a change of venue due to the death threats his client was receiving, but was denied; the case will take place in Steubenville. The defendant attorneys filed a motion to postpone the court date; this motion was granted and the trial will now take place on March 13. The defendant and prosecution attorneys both filed a motion to keep the court private to protect the defendant and victim, but the motion was denied. One of the defendants also filed a motion to refer the victim as an “accuser” because “the ultimate question in this case is whether a crime was committed. Only after such determination can a person be declared a victim” wrote Attorney Walter Madison. The nation will be able to see inside the juvenile court, and sadly, see the victim. The judge in charge of the case is visiting judge Thomas Lipps.

Three football players (Mark Cole, Evan Westlake, and Anthony Craig) testified in October against the two defendants. It was originally believed the witnesses were granted immunity for their testimonies, but now Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says the witnesses (all of whom may have photographed the alleged victim) have not been granted immunity. The FBI is currently investigated this trial.  At the end of January, UltraViolet presented a petition asking DeWine to investigate the incident to ensure that all of the people who were involved are prosecuted; the petition had 70,000 signatures. The petition mentions how under Ohio law, failure to report a felony is a crime. Thousands of people across the nation demand that all the witnesses face charges since they all knew that their friends raped an unconscious girl, but DeWine says that no one else will be charged. One of the friends who knew about, and joked, about the rape is Michael Nodianos. He is seen on a 12-minute video commenting on how the victim is probably dead and was peed on. He dropped out of Ohio State due to a large number of death threats.

Besides Nodianos, the Steubenville sheriff department has received death threats. Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla has been a target due to his comments at a Occupy Steubenville protest  (saying no further arrests would be made) and for his friendship with the football coach Reno Saccoccia. There was even a bomb threat on the Steubenville high school, though it was just a fake. Meanwhile, the victim has been receiving support from the nation, and though she is going through a tough time (crying at night), she hopes her case will help other victims.

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Ohio Town Protecting Football Players from Rape Charges

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Ohio Town Protecting Football Players from Rape Charges

Rape: the unlawful compelling of a person through physical force or duress to have sexual intercourse; any act of sexual intercourse that is forced upon a person.

It is the year 2012 and yet there are people who still believe rape is imaginary; to them, a rape victim is just a girl who changed her mind after consenting to have sex. To them, drugging and gang raping a sixteen year old girl is not a crime. To them, taking pictures of a rape victim’s unconscious body and posting it online is not immoral. To them, they can do no wrong because they play on the high school football team; after all  the football team has won three state titles in Ohio since 2006. To them the whole town of Steubenville has their backs and will protect them, even when the rape victim is possibly dead, deader than “Oj’s wife” and “Caylee Anthony.”

On August 11, 2012, the 16 year-old rape victim was attending a Big Red High School volleyball game when her friend asked her to attend a party with her and her boyfriend’s friends. The victim agreed and was picked up by Mark Cole, Ma’lik Richmond, and Trent Mays. Getting into the car was the last thing the victim remembers – she does not remember how one of the boys slipped a date-rape drug into her drink. She only remembers her parents waking up her up on her front lawn the next morning. She does not remember being raped by multiple boys; she only realized it happened when she saw the Twitter statues and pictures of her unconscious body being carried around town online.

She does not remember attending Party #1, which was hosted by Football Assistant Coach Rick Cameletti and was where Michael Nodianos, Charlie Keenan, Cody Saltsman, and Anthony Craig were already drinking. She does not remember how after attending Party #2 (hosted by Football Assistant Coach Belederine) she was raped and sodomized by Mays and Richmond in the backseat of the car while Cole filmed it. She does not remember how at Party #3 at Cole’s house, she was carried to the basement and raped by multiple boys. She does not remember lying in the front lawn of a house while a boy urinated on her. She does not remember when the group grew tired of her and dropped her body on her front lawn.

Two days after waking up from this nightmare, she and her parents reported the crime to the police. On August 27, Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond were charged as adults with raping and kidnapping, though the charges were reduced to juvenile court and kidnapping was dropped. The story was supposed to be over; the pictures were deleted and out of all of the boys that knew about the rape and even possibly raped her, only two of them were going to be charged… and though rape is a “big boy” crime, they were going to be charged as children. But then former Steubenville native and current blogger Alexandira Goddard began blogging about how the town was covering up a huge crime. She had taken pictures of all of the statues and pictures the Rape Crew had posted, proving that the fact that only two members were charged meant something was wrong. For blogging about the cover-up she received a law suit from one of the member’s families.

 

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On December 23, 2012, a group of members from Anonymous called Knight Sec took up the case. Due to their hacking ability, they were able to uncover all of the statues, pictures, and videos that were deleted by the Rape Crew. It was they who learned that fellow high school students called several football players the Rape Crew because they were rumored to have raped several times before. Knight Sec posted a video stating that if the Rape Crew did not apologize to the victim, it would release evidence of them participating in that horrible crime. After the due date of January 1, 2013 passed, Knight Sec posted a 12 minute video of the Rape Crew describing the victim being raped, causing the world to focus on the small Ohio town. Another group known as LocalLeaks created a webpage on why the town was covering the football players, one reason being the football team generated revenue for the town and is the focus of illegal gambling at local sport bars. Now Steubenville police department is under fire for mishandling the case. They apparently failed to take a toxicology test on the victim because they told her the drug would be out of her system by now, though there are types of date rape drugs that can stay in the body for at least 72 hours and possibly more. They are accused of failing to arrest more of the Rape Crew members, even though there is proof that they all witnessed the rape and failed to report it to police, thus covering up a crime. Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla, who has refused to take over the case because it is not in his jurisdiction, states “It’s a disgusting video. It’s stupidity. But you can’t arrest somebody for being stupid.” LocalLeaks has confirmed that Sheriff Abdalla and Big Red High School Football Coach Reno Saccoccia have had breakfast together several times, just one example of conflict of interest. LocalLeaks also claims that Coach Saccoccia told the players to delete everything off their phones, an example of a great role model for the children.

Mays and Richmond are the only ones being charged for rape though evidence recovered by Knight Sec suggest otherwise. In the 12 minute video that was posted on YouTube, Michael Nodianos (former Big Red baseball player) describes how the victim was raped and urinated on. When one member asks why the girl isn’t waking up, it is he who suggests that she is probably dead, “You know she’s dead because someone peed on her.” He says if he had a daughter that was raped, he hoped she would be dead too. The one recording this horrible conversation was Evan Westlake at Jake Howarth’s house. The fact that several boys are joking about how the victim, who is in another room because one boy goes to check on her, may be dead and are not calling 911 shows that these monsters are covering up a crime and are all guilty of helping their friends get away with rape. The other boys in the video are Shawn McGee, Niko Murray, and Anthony Craig; Murray and McGee leave after being disturbed by Nodianos’ comments. Though they may not have participated in the

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rape or have joked about it, they need to come forward and tell law enforcement what really happened, even if it means sending their friends to jail. Boys joking about how their daughters deserve to die after being raped do not need to be on the streets. Nodianos, wearing an Ohio State shirt in the video, has since dropped out of the college due to the negative publicity he is receiving. Another member of the Rape Crew is Charlie Keenan, the son of County Prosecuting Attorney Jane Halin, and it was his house where the victim was also dragged to. The final member of Rape Crew who is the one to blame for this horrible night is Cody Saltsman. He was originally charged but chargers were dropped after a private meeting between Saltsman’s father, the Sheriff, and a wealthy Steubenville resident. The reason Saltsman is the one to blame for the night is because the victim was his ex-girlfriend. One month before this all happened, he wrote to his friends “Nobody breaks up with Cody Saltsman, Ill ruin that bitch.” A few weeks after the break-up, it was Cody’s friend Trent Mays who started texting her, pretending to like her. It was Cody’s friend Trent Mays who got his girlfriend to convince the victim to hang out with all of them on August 11. It was Cody who took a picture of two boys carrying the unconscious victim around and wrote “I have no sympathy for whores.” He knew what he was doing was wrong, yet he didn’t care. To him and his friends, because the girl broke up with him she deserved to be drugged, to be gang rapped, to be masturbated on, and to be left out on her lawn for dead.

These monsters ruined an innocent girl’s life and because they play for the beloved football team in Ohio they will not be charged for rape or for covering up a crime. Only the two who were recorded raping the victim will be charged, but they will only be charged as juveniles. Some people even believe that these Monsters are the Victims because the girl was asking for it by her outfit or the fact that she was at a party with boys. In a society that continues to tell the Story of Adam and Eve, it is not surprising that people still do not believe that rape exists. After all, it was Eve who used her beauty to seduce innocent Adam into biting the apple. This silly story is just enough reason for some to believe that a girl deserved to be raped because a boy cannot control his mind or body when he sees her beauty. As Rape Crew member Michael Nodianos tweeted “Some people deserve to be peed on.” To Monsters, just for being a girl is enough reason.

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Check out these sources because they have more reasons why these monsters are being protected:

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