Category Archives: sexual assaults

Solidarity for Jane Doe

#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.

 

Did They Pinkie Swear?

The Steubenville rape case has been rife with controversy since August.   When the rumor of deals struck by the prosecution surfaced, they were quickly dismissed by the Attorney General’s office.   “We’ve made no deals with anyone,” was the response to the question of deals; however today Attorney General Mike Dewine fessed up that indeed the three individuals were given immunity from prosecution in exchange for their testimony.  In all three letters the state committed to not prosecute.  Perhaps my decoder ring is different than everyone else’s, or I simply do not understand the English language, but that sounds like a “deal” to me.   How is NOT filing charges not a deal?

The special prosecutors  agreed to accept testimony against the two defendants in lieu of  no charges being filed against the three who testified.  Color me perplexed, but isn’t that a DEAL?   So, I looked it up just to make sure I knew what I was talking about and lo and behold – a deal is an “agreement entered into by two or more parties for their mutual benefit”.  Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t immunity from prosecution technically mean they struck a “DEAL”?

People generally find it offensive when officials utilize the use of “word salad” in an effort to explain away behavior.  I’ll even go so far out on my limb to state that these deals/immunity discussions qualify as word salad.

Roseanne & Johnny Show

I forgot to mention it here. I’ll be a guest on the Roseanne (Barr) & Johnny radio broadcast today, as well as KYAnonymous is calling in as a guest. 2PM EST.

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Hello Cleveland!!

The blog was down for the better part of the day due to some server issues, but hopefully those have been resolved.  Nope, I didn’t shut down.  I’m here for the duration.  I write about a lot of cases, and my focus has always been for the victims.  I don’t always have heartwarming things to say about criminals or others who behave like savages, and I believe that if it looks like a turd, and smells like a turd…chances are it’s a turd.  My language can sometimes be colorful, and I will not apologize for that because that is just who I am.  I have been known to refer to individuals who behave like they are from another planet as booger eaters.  I have a right to an opinion, and I opine that the world is full of some very odd and dangerous people.  I’m not the only person who has an opinion.  My dad used to say they are like *holes.  We all have them.

Our basic rights ensure that we have freedom of speech.  That includes,

  • the right to seek information and ideas;
  • the right to receive information and ideas;
  • and the right to impart information and ideas.

As owner of this blog, I provide factual information in my articles and my readers have the opportunity to discuss various cases and missing persons stories.  They also have the opportunity to post comments regarding these news items.  I am not responsible for the opinions of others.  I have claimed to own the internet, but really it was just a joke.  I am not Big Brother, and certainly do not tell people how they should think.  I like free thinkers and enjoy opposing viewpoints as long as it is done respectfully, and not like a booger eater having a tantrum.  As such, I am responsible for my comments – not yours, not Phil McCrackin’s, et al.

Section 230 of Title 47 of the United States Code (47 USC § 230) states:

“No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.” This federal law preempts any state laws to the contrary: “[n]o cause of action may be brought and no liability may be imposed under any State or local law that is inconsistent with this section.” The courts have repeatedly rejected attempts to limit the reach of Section 230 to “traditional” Internet service providers, instead treating many diverse entities as “interactive computer service providers.”

This would mean that I should not be held liable for defamatory statements contained herein by commenters.  I also believe that we all have a right to believe that someone is an asshole.  If a statement is true, it cannot be defamatory.  The other side of the coin is that the statement must be capable of being proven false.  This means that most opinions — even the meanest and most disparaging — cannot be defamatory.

Anyhow, I have not been served with any suit and for all I know that could be just another rumor.  You know how they all keep talking about rumors, plus for all you know, I live in a van down by the river in Orlando, FL.  It is business as usual here at PRINNIEFIED, and if you wish to comment here using a proxy  – I understand.  I truly understand that some feel oppressed and/or intimidated regarding having an opinion regarding this case.    I am very sad that we didn’t have more colorful usernames.   Fart Sniffer would have caused me gales of laughter.  LOL

It is my hope that ALL of those responsible in this case are held accountable for what they did to the victim, and that all others who have or were involved in gang rapes of females are prosecuted.  I have pixelated the victim’s name to protect her, but wonder what would the reasonable man would think of the character of an individual who would post this photo online?  Can one’s character truly be more defamed than they defamed themselves?  Just some food for thought.

 

Wheeling Park Student Arrested

On Thursday, Wheeling Park High School senior, Cody Brautigam was arrested at the school’s campus for allegations that he sexually assaulted two girls younger than 10 years old.  He was booked into the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville on two counts of first-degree sexual assault and two counts of first-degree sexual abuse.  He is being held on $100,000 bond.

The Wheeling Intelligencer reported:

According to a police report, a 9-year-old girl told a sexual assault counselor earlier this month that Brautigam engaged in sexual behavior with her at the girl’s home in July. The girl said Brautigam illegally touched and kissed her, sometimes while both were undressed, according to the report.

The following day, an 8-year-old girl told the counselor that Brautigam on multiple occasions pulled her by her hair into a room, where he sexually assaulted her. Those alleged crimes occurred around the same time as those involving Brautigam’s other accuser, the police report states.

#SupportSurvivorsOhio – Wear a Badge

Please show your support by placing a “twibbon” on your Facebook pages and twitter photos.  It is very simple to do.  We are also working to get teal ribbons to wear on Friday to show support for Ohio Survivors of sexual violence.  You can email me for details if you want to be involved in bringing awareness.  Thanks.

You can add your twibbon by clicking here:  http://twibbon.com/cause/SupportSurvivorsOhio

Sept 14th #SupportSurvivorsOhio

I have seen A LOT of victim blaming going on – not only here but elsewhere.  I have allowed the comments, because I want people to have a platform to speak.  However, with that decision comes a heavy heart from reading these comments.   I want to apologize to all survivors of rape who are out there on behalf of the simple-minded individuals who make those comments.  NO ONE deserves to get raped.  NO ONE asks for it.

On September 14, the date of the first hearing in the Steubenville case, the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence requests your support and solidarity to take a stand against sexual violence.

  • Show your support to survivors everywhere by wearing teal that day, which represents awareness of sexual assault.
  • Post Facebook or Twitter messages that show you #SupportSurvivorsOhio.
  • Start a conversation in your community or write a letter to the editor of your newspaper about ending the culture of silence and start by believing survivors.


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We Didn’t Know What Rape Was

MARK COLE:

Mark Cole II, 17, said the victim was leaving one house and was so intoxicated she could barely walk.

“She wasn’t capable of walking on her own and was stumbling as walking,” Cole said.

Cole said he shot a video of sexual conduct in his car between Mays and the victim as they were driving to Cole’s house. Cole said he later deleted the video from his phone.

He said, at his house, Mays attempted to get the victim to perform oral sex on Mays.

Cole said it “wasn’t his place to determine if there was a sexual assault. He said he didn’t believe it was necessary to call his mother, who wasn’t at home, another adult or the police.

Cole did say the victim wasn’t moving at his house when the sexual assault took place.

He said Richmond was lying beside her with his hands around her groin area but couldn’t tell if Richmond was sexually touching the victim. He said he didn’t intervene because he didn’t at any time see the conduct by the defendants as “forceful.”  Source:  Mark Law, Herald Star

While on the stand Mark Cole incriminated himself.  Filming or photographing a nude minor is the manufacture of child pornography under the state laws of Ohio and under federal law.  Yet he remains AT LARGE.   Mark Cole’s claims that it wasn’t his place to determine if there was a sexual assault are despicable.  Did his parents do that piss poor of a job raising him that he doesn’t know that a comatose female does not have the ability to consent and that DECENT men do not take advantage of females who are passed out?   Historically, men who have sex with women who are comatose are charged with RAPE.  Surely, someone who RECORDED VIDEO of what is legally considered child porn would KNOW that if someone cannot say NO — that means it is rape!  Right?  Would he let someone have sex with a female relative if they were incapacitated?  In his world, it’s not rape according to his skewed thought process?   The state said the video had been deleted, could not be retrieved and that because of that, Mark Cole was not facing charges even though he ADMITTED UNDER OATH that he recorded what amounts to child porn.  Hmmm, how’s that happen unless a deal has been offered?

EVAN WESTLAKE:  Poor Evan was also so scared and “stunned” about what was happening that he had to pause for a moment to post to social media, and upload a video on Youtube.  How about on his way to Mark Cole’s house?  Was he scared and stunned while his friend was videotaping sex acts involving the victim?  Didn’t he know then that this was wrong?  How stunned was he when he uploaded  video to his Youtube account in which Michael Nodianos gave a play by play of what was happening?  Was he also documenting this in case the victim forgot and needed to be reminded of what had happened to her?  These are guys that you want to leave your teenage daughters alone with, right?  These are guys that you should be applauding as they rush across the field, right?

Evan Westlake, 17, said he was at Cole’s house and was getting ready to leave when he saw the victim naked on her side. He said the victim wasn’t moving.

Westlake said Richmond was beside her and performing a sexual act and Mays was smacking his penis off her side.

When asked why he didn’t help, Westlake said, “I was stunned with what I saw. I wanted to get out of there. I didn’t know what to do.”

What did Evan Westlake do? He was SO STUNNED with what he saw that HE MADE A VIDEO and posted it on youtube featuring his good pal, Michael Nodianos aka Nodi yapping about a “dead girl”.   She was so incapacitated that they referred to her as “the dead body” or the dead girl.

 

He was so stunned that he took to Twitter to tell all of his pals how upset he was.  He and  Nodianos were obviously beside themselves with fear and confusion.  I bet they were shaking so hard they had to console each other because it was just so horrifying. They quickly got over their fear and confusion about what was happening and created youtube videos instead.

 

ANTHONY CRAIG:   Here’s another standup guy who took a picture of the incident in case the victim didn’t know what was happening, even though he tweeted to Trent Mays that “Chris Hanson” was his worst nightmare.  We all know who Chris Hanson is.  Did Anthony Craig think that Chris Hanson would understand that photos have to be taken of comatose victims – you know…just in case they don’t remember anything or was it because the videos involved an underage girl who was nude and being sexually assaulted?   Anthony Craig thought better of reminding the victim.  Instead, he deleted the evidence from his cellphone.  How come?  It was important to remind the rape victim what happened according to his testimony.    Did you have a change of heart, Anthony?

Anthony Craig, 18, said he could see the victim getting more drunk throughout the night.

“Just the way she handled herself and was walking and talking to people,” Craig said.

He said he went to Cole’s house where Cole showed him a video of what happened in Cole’s car.

Craig, who admitted to having a relationship with the victim, said he saw the victim naked in Cole’s basement. He said he saw Richmond laying beside her but couldn’t tell what Richmond was doing. He said Mays was smacking his penis off her side.

Craig said the victim was not responsive or participating.

Craig said he tried to tell Mays, his best friend, to stop it, and told him not to do anything he will regret.

Craig said Mays told him, “It is all right … don’t worry.”

When asked how it feels to testify against his friend, Craig said. “It kills me.”

Craig said he took a picture of the incident in case the victim didn’t know what was happening. He said he later deleted the picture from his cell phone.

Craig testified Mays sent him a naked picture of the victim the next day.

Just color me disgusted.  I’m ashamed to have to share my oxygen with SUPERSTARS like them.

Author note:  I have turned off comments to all Steubenville articles at this time but am leaving the posts up so that this crime does not go unforgotten! 

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Steubenville Big Red Rape Accusations: The Other Perpetrators

On August 11, students from Steubenville High School or “Big Red” as it is known locally, attended various end of the summer parties in the Ohio Valley.  That night while in attendance at a party that was allegedly held at a COACH’s home, underage students were drinking to celebrate the end of the summer.  For many in attendance, it was the end of their high school journey and they were moving on to attend various colleges.  I do not have all the facts, and have read many accounts of what transpired, but the end result was a young girl was brutally raped and attacked by members of the Steubenville High football team and it was videotaped and posted on the internet.  I am not solely pointing the finger at the football team because there were boys who took part in this attack who were also on the wrestling team, baseball team and track teams.  The point is these boys represented the school and their respective teams.  Playing high school sports is not a right.  It is a privilege and with that privilege comes a higher responsibility to represent yourself and your school in a manner that will not taint the reputation of your school.   Athletes should be role models for other students, and in this case – they were not.

The student athletes who participated are not the only ones guilty of disseminating the attack of a defenseless girl, but the students who saved the video to their cellphones or who retweeted and reposted the video attack and talked inappropriately about the victim are just as guilty of smearing the reputation of their school, as well as guilty of disseminating criminal material.  So, in a nutshell YES this behavior represents their school and will have long running implications on every student who has ever attended Big Red.  Big Red will now forever be known as that high school where the kids who raped that girl attended. 

I have been reading tweets and posts online for the past few days and I can tell you that I am DISGUSTED.  TRULY and UTTERLY DISGUSTED at the things being posted by those who were in attendance of this brutal attack or the posts by their girlfriends who are disparaging the victim’s reputation.   I am disgusted with the students who are protecting their friends and tweeting “Oh, ______ better not get in trouble for this.”  Tweet after tweet has been filled with support for the boys who were arrested, as well as vowing their support and willingness to stick together because they are  “#StuebenvilleStarsForever”.  No, you are not stars.  You are criminals who are walking around right now on borrowed time.

The other students and former students of Big Red have yet to be charged with anything as of yet — even though they were present and they participated in the dissemination of the videotaped attack.  The coach who had a party with alcohol in which minors were in attendance has neither been named or charged as of yet.  I know the names and for now will not post them, but will provide screenshots of the tweets that were deleted from their accounts.  I  also have  the name of the football player who posted the video online.  The video and the Youtube channel were deleted by its owner – more than likely in attempt to save his butt and cover up his part in the crime.  He also deleted his Twitter account.  I have screenshots of that, too.  Not only was it being sent via phone, but it has been downloaded and saved by others.  ALL of these individuals who have in their possession or who have sent this video have participated in disseminating material involving the sexual assault of a minor.

I have seen much victim blaming from these kids as well as adults.  Every time someone posts a comment about why was she at this party or didn’t her parents teach her any better -  is revictimizing the victim.  Many seem not to care that she was victimized by these kids only that the ones who took part are still suiting up each week to play football.    I have seen posts where adults are stating this may be a “false accusation” and comparing it to the Duke Lacrosse team rape allegations.   She was PASSED OUT!  How in the world did she have a say in what was going on?   I can ASSURE you that these boys KNEW what they did was rape. One of them tweeted the Nirvana video “Rape Me” after the other said the song of the night should be “rape me”.

There are screenshots of the video that was posted with tags  “rape” and “drunk girl” .   Tagging the video with the word “rape” clearly shows their knowledge of the crime.  Did they think because they are star athletes that no one was going to do anything to them?  Is their status as star athletes permission to do whatever they want without repercussion?

These boys have brought shame not only upon their own families, but on the community that supports them.  They have also blighted the name of their school and anyone who attends it from this day forward.  The parents who once beamed with pride while reading their sons’ names in the local paper will now read their names again but this time that pride will now be replaced with tears and shame.

To the other boys that were involved who are still free to go to class tomorrow morning, I can only hope that their time walking around as free men is limited.  Tick tock.

 

Jeepers Creepers

Where’d ya get those…perversions.  Someone who has been named the “Hilltop Creeper” is breaking into women’s homes in the middle of the night and once inside their homes lurps over their beds while they sleep and touches them inappropriately.  So far there have been 19 incidents all concentrated in the Hilltop area of Columbus.

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The posted  map shows the dotted areas where the Creeper has struck.  The Hilltop is on the west side of Columbus.  It has been very hot in Columbus lately and many folks in that area may not have air conditioning, which would explain having open windows.  This man is looking for opportunity and an open window obviously allows him entrance into the homes.  It also appears as though his attacks are ramping up and becoming more frequent.  With most sexual oriented attacks, the possibility of this escalating into a full  sexual attack is not below the realm of possibilities. I am hoping that they are able to apprehend this man before he really harms someone.

Police have only provided a vague description of the suspect. He is described as a black male, 20 to 40 years old, between 6 feet and 6 feet 5 inches tall, weighing 175 to 200 pounds. No further description was released.  This description could be anyone, really.

Anyone with information should call the Sexual Assault Unit Tip Line at 614-645-2438.

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