The case of gang-rape in Steubenville, Ohio may pale in comparison to that in India, but it is a too close second.
"Twitter posts, videos and photographs circulated by some who attended the nightlong set of parties suggested that an unconscious girl had been sexually assaulted over several hours while others watched. She even might have been urinated on." [Rape Case Unfolds Online and Divides Steubenville].
"In one photograph [...] the girl [..] is shown looking unresponsive as two boys carry her by her wrists and ankles." The photo was posted by a Steubenville football player.
"Some residents and others on social media blamed the girl, saying she put the football team in a bad light and put herself in a position to be violated."
Steubenville Police Chief: “The thing I found most disturbing about this is that there were other people around when this was going on. Nobody had the morals to say, ‘Hey, stop it, that isn’t right.’"
It is not a new story with the rape occurring in August 2011. But, it is the recent posting of a video and photo that brought the focus back to Steubenville. And, it is the social media that has played a large role in attracting the media. See #OccupySteubenville for the most complete accumulation of material concerning this case.
See too Everything You Need to Know About Steubenville High's Football 'Rape Crew' for the role of the Internet and Anonymous. The Steubenville Herald Star notes that this Saturday's (January 5) rally to protest a cover-up by officials was "organized by the Internet hacktivist group Anonymous."
Take a run at viewing the video - high school sports teaches character? It is rather difficult viewing. This kid has missed out on character development. He will be a prime candidate for one of our nation's military academies.
More character development in high school football culture. One of the parties that night was at the home of a volunteer football coach with "a makeshift bar of vodka, rum and whiskey." [NY Times].
Look this is a too often a story of how an absence of moral character reinforced by community standards that reflects a disdain for women leads to sexual violence. It matters not that this teenager might have been wasted to the point of being unconscious. A person incapable of protecting themselves should not find themselves violated by those seeking sexual pleasure.
She should have been protected - not violated.
What kind of person desires sex with an unconscious person? It is perverse conduct demonstrating a total absence of morals and compassion.