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