Steubenville Rape Case Goes Viral


Steubenville, Ohio

Steubenville, Ohio (Photo credit: Dougtone)

Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond, both 16, are accused of raping a drunk and unconscious 16-year-old girl at a party on the night of Aug. 11 while other partygoers tweeted and Instagrammed about the attack.

On Aug. 14, the incident was reported to the Stuebenville police, and on Aug. 22, the boys were arrested and charged. As they await trial, their attorneys have asserted their innocence, saying the girl was conscious enough to consent to sex, yet a picture has surfaced on the internet that shows two of the accused holding her limp unconscious body by the hands and feet.  The high-profile criminal case spotlighted by social media has put not only the defendants on trial but the football culture surrounding them. Some town residents have said that without the media attention, nothing would have been done at all. Steubenville, a city of about 18,000 on the Ohio River, practically worships its Big Red football team.

A blogger and a native of Steubenville, Alexandria Goddard, was among the first to flag the attack, saving screen shots from social media at the party and using students’ names. Many other wonder why more students at the party weren’t charged; while the county sheriff claimed investigators interviewed 59 people and decided that only the two boys were responsible.

But the scandal has entangled more than those two. Hacker collective Anonymous recently posted video of youths who were said to be Steubenville High School students and alumni joking about the rape victim.

The New York Times published an in depth report on the case in December. At one point in the story, when football coach Reno Saccoccia was challenged about why he didn’t bench more players who were at the party and might have been involved, he reportedly got in the reporter’s face and said, “You’re going to get yours. And if you don’t get yours, somebody close to you will.” Sounds to me like this coach needs to get his!

As for the girl, her mother said at an October hearing that she has been ostracized since the attack and cries herself to sleep at night. I pray this girl finds peace and heals from this tragedy. Getting drunk, as mistaken as that might be, does not deserve punishment by rape.

Officials said the trial, expected to be held in juvenile court, was scheduled to begin Feb. 13.

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I am a mother of eight wonderfully challenging children and nine grandkids, of whom I am very proud. I am also a bi-vocational ordained evangelical minister, and a Christian Counselor. I received my B.S. degree in 2004, studying primarily in the areas of Psychology, with minors in Religion and English. I received my Masters Degree in 2009 in Psychological Counseling with an emphasis in Christian Counseling. I have endeavored to paraphrase the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, for the last ten years or so and am working on a final edit, now. It is my hope that it will be of some use in the great commission of Christ. My ministry is primarily geared toward victims of sexual and domestic violence, including victims of childhood sexual abuse, whether currently or in the past. Since I have personally experienced the healing hand of God in overcoming many of the life issues that Christians may face, I feel qualified and compelled to discuss them in a truthful and open manner, as God’s word tells us that “We shall know the truth and the truth shall set us free.” God has brought me through such diverse tribulations as sexual, physical, and mental abuse, being a victim of a drunk driving accident, spousal pornography addiction, adultery, divorce, remarriage, a very brief, though unjust, incarceration, and having experienced multiple miscarriages and various other trials. I have been asked to leave two Southern Baptist Churches, due to my being a female, ordained as a minister, and fired from a SBC sponsored Christian School (mostly white) for speaking out against racial prejudice in the Family of God. Through God’s merciful forgiveness of my own sins and inadequacies and God’s grace given to me to forgive those who have been a stumbling block to me, I have overcome many of these adversities. God’s word tells us that “All things work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to the purposes of God." Since I have this hope, I believe that God has blessed me with the ability to confront and relate these issues to the Christian community around the world. I hope to be able to use my personal experiences as a ministry of God’s grace and in the comforting of the people of God with the truth of God's mercy. I claim II Corinthians 1: 3 & 4 as my calling, which states: “Blessed be God, the Origin of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Origin of mercies, and the God of comfort; who comforts us in all our troubles, that we may be able to comfort those who are in trouble, by the comfort we ourselves have been given by God.” As I have received the gift of God’s healing, I hope to be able to bring the peace beyond understanding to others with the message of God’s mercy and grace. My love for the Sovereign Lord of my life, Jesus Christ, along with my passion for writing has drawn me to explore these commonly experienced crisis issues from the perspective of my own experience in the hope that I may bring an empathetic and compassionate insight to God’s people. I am now a published author and have several books in publication, including my autobiography, "A Little Redneck Theology." The views expressed in my writings are strictly my own insights, acquired from personal experience and diligent study of the related topics and God’s word concerning them. Though I am an ordained minister, my views should not be considered authoritative. I believe that the Christian community’s ultimate authority is the guidance of the human heart by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
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