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Steubenville Documentary

I spent a bit of time on the phone today with a documentary filmmaker who is doing a film on Steubenville, and among the things that we talked about is how or how hasn’t Steubenville changed in the past two years.  He has done some traveling for this project and told me that he hears over and over how terrible people think Steubenville is and that it really has a bad reputation.  I agree, but we also talked about how they have handled the publicity.

It hasn’t been dealt with very well and over the course of the past two years, I can’t think of one positive thing or turn of events where this case has been involved.  Sure, locals are going to say that Ma’lik rejoined the football team and that they think this was a positive event;  or maybe their bragging rights that he made great grades is something that makes them feel that somehow this qualifies as redemption, but overall how has the town’s reputation been uplifted?  What has occurred locally that qualifies as an xample of a positive learning experience from this case?  The news coming out of Steubenville is grim.

Tomorrow Matt Belardine will be sentenced for probation violation.  The Judge reportedly wants to speak to the woman in Arizona who is at the center of the assault controversy there.  I hope she’s a bit more level-headed via Skype or telephone with the Judge than she has been on Twitter.

Regardless, all of this is going to make for some very interesting material in the future and one can only hope that one day the powers that be in Steubenville can get their act together in Steubenville and start making positive change in their community.

 

 

 

Columbus Police Investigate Gang Rape

There is not much information available to the public other than a 15-year old girl was abducted after missing her bus as she walked along McGuffey Road in Columbus.

Her grandparents who have asked to remain anonymous said she missed her school bus and decided to walk back to her Northeast Columbus home when the suspects pulled her into the car.  They duct taped her and drove her to another location where she heard several voices other than the two that she heard during the abduction and in the car.

Columbus Police Detectives have little to go on in terms of suspect information but believe a 2-door black car was used in the abduction.  (Source)  There is no information regarding the description of the occupants of the car.

Investigators ask anyone with information on this abduction to call the Columbus Police Department’s Sexual Assault Unit.

State of Ohio Says Belardine Violated Probation

Hate to say it, but who didn’t see this one coming?  I suppose the answer is obviously EVERYONE but Matt Belardine – otherwise he wouldn’t have gone off to Arizona sans probation officer approval, or gotten shit faced and assaulted protesters while being filmed.  Looks like social media got Belardine once again.  When are these people going to learn? That’s a rhetorical question because two years later and nothing has changed.

Rena Koski White

..and the usual mouthpieces of Steubenville weigh in on Mike DeWine for doing his job.

As a result, he is being held in the Jefferson County Jail until a hearing in front of Judge Patricia Cosgrove on Dec. 17.

The following are the violations:

  • Defendant left the state of Ohio without written permission of his probation officer, contrary to his Community Control No. 3.
  • Defendant was in a bar in Scottsdale, Ariz., contrary to his Community Control No. 7.
  • Defendant consumed alcohol, contrary to his Community Control No. 7 and Community Control Special condition No. 17.
  • Defendant was arrested and charged with a new violation of law in Scottsdale, contrary to his Community Control No. 1.
  • Defendant did not conduct himself as a “responsible law abiding citizen” while in Scottsdale, contrary to his Community Control No. 1.
  • Defendant failed to follow “all orders verbal or written,” given to him by his probation officer or other authorized representative of the Court, contrary to his Community Control No. 5.

    Read More at: http://www.wtov9.com/shared/news/features/top-stories/stories/wtov_state-says-belardine-violated-terms-probation-6789.shtml

All of the probation violations are pretty self-explanatory and from the looks of it, the attorney general’s office isn’t messing around.  It will be interesting to see how Judge Cosgrove feels about seeing Mr, Belardine in her court again.  #Steubenvillemade probably isn’t gonna cut it this time.

Dumped: Stories of Women Unfriending Women

Last year I was asked to contribute an essay to an anthology focusing on stories of the “breakup” of friendships between women.  We all know and talk about male/female breakups and the grieving process (or not) of those.  I am honored to be a part of this project.

I wrote a piece about being betrayed by a friend because of my involvement in the Steubenville case.  There were others who turned their backs on me for whatever reasons, but this particular person was one that to this day I don’t understand, and honestly don’t think I ever will understand it.

The essay is about the emotions of dealing with the betrayal and the  breaches of confidence that were used as leverage to either try to shame or humiliate me.  I don’t know…it’s still hard to dissect how the heck it even all started.  I usually don’t share personal information about my life, but for this I felt like I needed to divulge the facts of some of the outright lies that were told about me.  I haven’t done that before.  For over two years I have basically sat back and said nothing in defense of myself nor posted rebuttals to some of the garbage that has been put out there about me.

I hope that my short essay will provide a glimpse into the private side of me and that my old friend and I will have some sort of closure.  It is available for pre-order on Amazon and will be available for sale in March 2015.

Candid, relatable stories by established and emerging women writers about being discarded by someone from whom they expected more: a close female friend. There are 161 million women in America today, and our friendships are still as primary and universal as back when Ruth and Naomi, Elizabeth and Susan B., and Thelma and Louise made history. When a romantic relationship breaks up, no problem—there’s an Adele song for that. Health concerns; problems in school; issues at the workplace? We’ve got our chums to prop us up. Until we don’t. When our most sustaining relationships dissolve—those with the women friends in our lives—there’s never been the fanfare that accompanies the loss of other relationships society deems “more important.” Until now. In Dumped: Stories of Women Unfriending Women, twenty-five established and emerging writers—including Jacquelyn Mitchard, Ann Hood, Carrie Kabak, Jessica Handler, Elizabeth Searle, Alexis Paige, and editor Nina Gaby—explore the fragile, sometimes humorous, and often unfathomable nature of lost friendship. These, like your own, are stories that stay with you—maybe for a lifetime

Steubenville Matt Belardine: ” rapes whores like you”

If it’s not bad enough that Matt Belardine is still on court supervision and was arrested this weekend for fighting with Ferguson protesters, it gets really ugly when his victim comes forth to allege that not only did he punch her several times, but he also told her where he is from “we rape whores like you”.  WHO even says something like this?

 The Ohio Attorney General’s office is awaiting the copy of the Scotsdale police report, and I hope they see this video as well as the claims by the protester who was attacked by Busic and Belardine.

 

Another video – One of the perps enters at 0:32. Keepin it classy, I see.

Former Steubenville Assistant Coach Arrested

Former Steubenville High School assistant coach, Matt Belardine, arrested for clash with Ferguson protesters.

Former Steubenville High School assistant coach, Matt Belardine, arrested for harassing Ferguson protesters.

Steubenville is back in the news…again.  From the post-game brawl between Steubenville High School and Beechcroft to the recent arrest of former assistant coach Matt Belardine, the Steubs can’t seem to stay out of the spotlight.

This weekend, Matt Belardine, was arrested with his friend Sam Busic formerly of Steubenville while accosting protesters at a Ferguson rally in Phoenix, AZ.

Phoenix CBS affiliate KPHO reported that two people were arrested for fighting in front of the Wasted Grain bar during a Ferguson protest.  Matt Belardine and Sam Busic were bystanders who instigated a fight with some of the demonstrators and yelled obscenities at them, police said. (Source: CBS 5 News)  Belardine was charged with disorderly conduct and Busic was charged with assault.

I wonder if he told the protesters “You’re going to get yours. And if you don’t get yours, somebody close to you will.”?  You know…following in the footsteps of his beloved Coach Reno Saccoccia and all.

Coach Reno Saccoccia being pulled out of a post-game brawl in a choke hold. Click photo for full story.

In April, Belardine appeared before Special Judge Patricia Ann Cosgrove for his role in the Steubenville rape case. Belardine was a volunteer football coach whose house was the scene of an underage drinking party.

Matthew Belardine, 26, of Steubenville, Ohio, pleaded no contest to one count of making a false statement and one count of enabling underage drinking at the Aug. 11, 2012, party. Charges of obstructing official business and contributing to the delinquency of a child were dismissed.

Special Judge Patricia Ann Cosgrove of Jefferson County Common Pleas Court sentenced Belardine to 10 days in jail, one year of supervision and 40 hours of community service. She also fined him $1,000.

It looks like Belardine is still on court supervision.  Some people never learn.

Virtus: Documentary Short on Steubenville

I wish there were a way I could embed the video itself, but there isn’t.  Someone brought this to my attention last night on Twitter.  In 12 minutes it really sums up why everyone is mad at Steubenville.  The opportunity was there for them to change the way the world views them, but instead of creating change they perpetuated bullying and embraced rape culture.

http://www.viewster.com/movie/1286-19083-000/virtus/#

Original title: Virtus
USA | 2014 | 13 min.
Languages available: EN
Director: Jeffrey Scott Richards, Jenny Rebekah Richards
Cast: Rebecca Mikesell, Ohio Anonymous

A documentary centered around the infamous Steubenville rape case detailing how ‘Anonymous’ and the group ‘Sisters Of Jane’ rose up to find justice in this small Ohio town.

Steubenville, Ohio: Planet Earth’s Epicenter of Rape Culture

Yesterday I wrote about Ma’lik Richmond’s upcoming court hearing to determine whether his Tier II sex offender status would be revised. I also posted screenshots from his Twitter account where he was referring to women as “thots” which is a derogatory term for whore or slut.  Based on his comments, it is my opinion that he has not learned a lesson.  He was at the center of an internationally reported rape case, but rather than keep his derogatory comments about women in private, he posted them publicly.  Did he think that no one would notice or did he even worry that his VICTIM might see his comments about girls?

Today Judge Lipps ruled to reduce the classification.  He stated that the goal is “continued rehabilitation”, but has Ma’lik Richmond been rehabilitated?  When Ma’lik returned to the football field this season the town cheered for him.  THEY CHEERED FOR A CONVICTED RAPIST!!  What kind of message is that sending?  I’ll tell you what it says – that if you are a good athlete it doesn’t matter if you commit rape – you get a hero’s welcome, and the women that you have violated are about as important as the waste that flows down the Ohio River and pollutes the town with the stench of filth.

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#Steubenville: Lesson Learned? Richmond Thinks THOT

What’s a thot?

 
Image4 According to WTRF, convicted rapist  and All Eastern District D4 Defensive Player of the Year – Senior Ma’lik Richmond  is scheduled to be in court Friday, Nov. 14, where a judge could lower his sex offender registration status.  Currently, Ma’lik is a  Tier II sex offender, which requires him to register with state officials every 180 days for the next 20 years.

The city of Steubenville has done everything in its power to make sure that not only did Ma’lik return to the field after he was released from his one year stint in juvenile detention, but that he was and continues to be glorified for his ability to catch a ball – and not be reminded that he RAPED someone.  Life has gone on just fine for Ma’lik.  The only people who continue to want him to show that he is remorseful is…the rest of the world.  Steubenville doesn’t care.  Nor is anyone watching what these kids are continuing to say and do on Twitter.

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RIP Mr. Limberios

I just heard about Mike Limberios’ passing, and am so saddened by it.  Over a year ago the Limberios family contacted me via their attorney and asked if I could help get some attention on their son Jake’s case.  Jake was killed by a single bullet fired on March 12, 2012 with Jake’s .357 Magnum handgun.  Sandusky County coroner John Wukie ruled his death an accidental suicide – which in itself is an oxymoron.  How can someone accidentally try to commit suicide when suicide is an intentional action?

Mike Limberios fought hard to have his son’s death certificate changed, and in the end that never happened but it didn’t change his willpower and desire to help other families who might have to deal with the way Ohio coroners deal with such situations.  He fought for Jake’s Law and brought national attention to Jake’s case.

Rest in peace, Mr. Limberios.  Others should take a lesson from this man to never give up when your heart believes in something, and even if you don’t get the results that you want – NEVER give up.