Rape Victim

By now you have probably heard all about the Steubenville rape case. In case you haven’t here is the short version: a girl got drunk and blacked out at a party this summer. She ended up naked in the basement of one of the town’s football players. After piecing together her night she figured out that she had been raped.

The young men who raped her have been tried and found guilty. Of course, the media has been following this case closely. Some of the recent comments from reporters have been quite alarming.

CNN Correspondent Poppy Harlow said, “Incredibly difficult, even for a outsider like me, to watch what happened as these two young men that had such promising futures, star football players, very good students, literally watched as they believed their lives fell apart.”

CNN Anchor Candy Crowley engaged in the conversation with Harlow. Neither of the reporters discussed the damage done to the victim. There are many aspects of this dialogue that are disturbing to me.

These media professionals failed to even acknowledge how much pain and humiliation the victim is going through. These comments are not as severe as others floating around the Twitter Universe (many people have decided to blame the victim for being drunk.) They are still frightening to me.

The boys received the punishment they deserved. They are in trouble because of the decisions THEY made. It worries me that we live in a society that feels compassion for rapists instead of victims.

The bottom line is that rape hurts a whole multitude of people. Not only did the reporters fail to mention the victim, they also failed to mention the friends and family of her as well.

What do you think? Do you believe it was the girl’s fault for getting drunk


3 thoughts on “Rape Victim

  1. omg, It is so annoying to hear people say such things, I really don’t want this to happen to anyone, but I wonder if the same had happened to them or their daughters or wives, is this how they would comment? The girl made a mistake getting drunk at an unknown party, but does this mean she deserved thisssss? omg, some people !!

  2. You’re absolutely right Christina. It’s disgusting how much of a rape culture we live in and the extent some people will go to to defend their actions. Guess what: you HARM another person, you will be held accountable. I’m all for girls not dressing like sluts, but any man who puts his hands on a woman without her permission is wrong. If she doesn’t say no because she’s UNCONSCIOUS, use your heads guys. The one on top of your shoulders. You cannot consent to sex if you’ve had even one drink, legally.

  3. If they were such “fine young men” they wouldn’t of made the decision to moleste/rape the victim while she was unresponsive. It’s sad… I feel in today’s society(at least in the good ole USA) people care more about sports… That’s all it boils down to… They were good football players. If they weren’t the opinions would of probably been different and there would of been more sympathy for the victim. Sad world we are living in.

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