#OccupySteubenville had another great rally today. There were many times that I teared up listening to some of the various speakers. I applaud everyone who stood out in the cold to take part and show their support for ALL Jane Does. I noted that the topic that kept being repeated over and over today is this is not just a Steubenville problem. I do not believe that the world is hating on everyone in the city of Steubenville specifically. People are asking questions – not just about Steubenville, but perhaps about their own towns. Something magical has happened as a result of this case – rape culture is being acknowledged around the world as a real problem and people are addressing that problem. That is a good thing. Knowledge is power and education is key.
Repeatedly the speakers implored people to get involved. Start a group in your town. Ask questions – address issues. Be that voice. Talk to your children and teach them that we are all equal. Teach them that it is okay to be the one who stands up as the lone voice in the crowd. Teach them that is is okay to say NO or object to behavior of their peers. This incident shouldn’t be what divides the city, but rather should be utilized to create unity and bring the community together. Everyone wants justice for Jane Doe.
Rich Olivito left with some wise parting words. The law cannot change the hearts of man. It is up to the community to change and move forward from this in a positive manner. Rather than wasting energy on negativity and laying blame on perceived enemies; rise above it and be the one to elicit change.