The day after the guilty verdict was handed down to Steubenville High School football players Trent Mays, 17, and Ma'lik Richmond, 16, two Ohio females were arrested for threatening the life of the girl who was raped by the two boys in August 2012. It has been said that the girl was intoxicated as Mays and Richmond carried her from party to party, making a show of their evil deeds. The girls will appear in juvenile court on Tuesday. Look how speedily they are getting on this. Good thing it was brought to the attention of, well, everyone by Anonymous.
Threats were made over Facebook and Twitter threatening the victims' life, leading to a menacing charge for a 15-year-old and a charge of aggravated menacing for a 16-year-old. As if this situation wasn't awful enough, there are more and more teenagers just throwing themselves into the mix of the whole thing and going down for their involvement. Honestly, most of them should, and probably will, as there seem to be further investigations pending into whether or not additional charges can be filed against those who failed to stop or report the rape. Attorney General Mike DeWine said: "Let me be clear, threatening a teenage rape victim will not be tolerated. If anyone makes a threat verbally or via the Internet, we will take it seriously, we will find you, and we will arrest you." So don't eff with the poor girl!
CNN seems to think the victim is the cause of all these teens just throwing away their promising futures. Who are they kidding? Are these kids, kids who behave like Michael Nodianos, the people you want filling those board room seats? Even if he's drunk in that video, the fact that such cruel and uncaring things could come out of someone, anyone, is disturbing, let alone it's coming from a teenager. And he's not the only one in the room who finds the situation funny! How sad is it that these are the teens of today? And what about the victim? Did she ask for this to happen, CNN? Did she want to be humiliated in front of her peers, on video and photos? How can anyone from CNN say that it's a shame and that these boys lives are ruined? They did it to themselves! It's not okay to treat people like that. Sign the petition at Change.org if you think CNN should apologize to the victim.
Rather than filling state colleges with more rapes, these charges will likely ensure that all involved will be forever sentenced to a life in Steubenville, Ohio, where they will perpetuate the next bunch of teenagers who will grow up and do the same thing. It's the Midwest, small-town cycle of life. Very few are lucky enough to escape that. However, for the victim in this case, she will have the chance to get out, simply because she can no longer stay there. Best of luck to her and her family. Your lives may be tough for a while, but you got justice. Congratulations on standing up for yourself.
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