Category Archives: Steubenville Ohio Rape Case
It happened…I think all of us who had been involved in the Steubenville case knew that eventually Hollywood would pick up on this story even if it became a Lifetime movie. There were just so many events that happened in this case for someone not to bring it to the big screen – from me and my anonymous commenters being sued for defamation of character in an attempt to silence us to KYAnonymous being raided for not “hacking” a football fan site to six school employees and/or coaches being indicted by a special grand jury for obstruction of justice, and other charges. Bottom line is this case has pissed off a lot of people: the good, the bad, the ugly, but it has also forced an open discussion about rape culture and bystander intervention. Had ONE person stood up that night and done the right thing — none of us would even be having this discussion.
There is an opportunity here for this film to reach millions of adults and teens alike to frankly and candidly discuss rape culture and encouraging them to be THAT person who stands up to do the right thing. Like the concept of the movie or not, Deric, Michelle and thousands of others did something magnificently profound and beautiful: They stood up and did something honorable. They made the people of the world stop for a moment and acknowledge rape culture and victim blaming. Rape culture DOES exist and people are now candidly talking about it. Universities, schools and people gathered around water coolers at work are discussing rape culture. Parents are openly talking to their children about it.
I hope Brad Pitt and Plan B Entertainment expound on this and keep this discussion moving forward in a positive and effective manner.
I am cross-posting the blog that I put up on the blogspot.com site I set up while my domain was down. There is so much more to tell about these hateful people, and I really do waffle between giving them the attention that they are obviously so desperately seeking from me and exposing their garbage, or being the better person and just sitting back and “taking it”. When I point out their hate they retaliate. When I ignore them…they retaliate by going after innocent people who have absolutely nothing to do with the Steubenville case other than supporting me, being friends with me or being related to me. It seems like a no-win situation at times. However, I also feel like I owe it to the good people of Steubenville who are tired of the “Shrew Crew” and their antics to point out the bad behavior. I mean…isn’t that how we all gto to this place to begin with? Not so “innocent children” who tweeted and humiliated someone rather than doing the right thing and HELPING Jane Doe. I have read things by these individuals that have enraged me. Statements about how drinking is the reason Jane Doe got raped. Or if you flirt with someone you are asking to be raped. That one came from retired Math teacher, Jeanne Newman.
Corruption is defined as “dishonest or fraudulent conduct by those in power“. Falsifying police reports and tampering with official police recorders so that misconduct would not be documented would certainly beperceived by the average layperson as “corrupt”. Using excessive force against persons who witnessed police misconduct would be perceived by the average layperson as “corrupt”. When those in power turned a blind eye and condoned this type of conduct, the average layperson would perceive that this behavior was “corrupt”.
Hats off to Roxine Behrens for sharing this and speaking out about it. She also encourages others to question where was the card for Jane Doe?
If you are equally as angered, the contact information follows:
Mark Masloski at (740) ***** or at email@example.com.
Timothy Daugherty firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have ever wondered why the kids in Steubenville behaved the way they did, all it takes is one look at the adults in town who are on Twitter. Click the links to read their daily filth.
If you have ever wondered why these kids stood around and did nothing or bullied the victim in the following days – all it takes is one look at the behavior of the adults who coddle them. Like this from Twitter user Judicious1_. I am a German national. My grandparents were forced to fight in the war and my aunt risked her life helping Jews flee the country to safety. THIS is what the scourge of Steubenville finds entertaining. Now you know why their kids behaved worse than a pack of rabid animals.
Justice is a two way street. Sometimes getting there is not an easy endeavor. When any victim has to testify against their accuser it can be brutal and oftentimes the victim is re-victimized as a result. That being said, defendants in this country are guaranteed certain legal procedural rights, and one of them is the right to face their accuser. It says so in the Constitution so I’m not just making this up. In the Steubenville case, subpoenas were issued to juveniles living across the river in West Virginia. One of the subpoenas was issued for Jane Doe. I think my confusion here is — shouldn’t the state have issued a subpoena to her? And if not, perhaps this is why Mr. Madison was compelled to do so. I’m not an attorney, but I would think that her testimony is essential for BOTH sides of this case.
On Friday Hancock County Judge Ronald Wilson rejected the subpoena requests and cited no legal case from anywhere in the country to support the argument that the three West Virginia juveniles could be compelled to testify but stated in his 4-page ruling that Ohio and West Virginia law differ in their comparisons of a juvenile delinquency proceeding and a criminal trial.
“The proceeding in Ohio is not a criminal action — it is not a criminal prosecution — and it is not a criminal proceeding.”
Wilson added that there is no law his court follows which gives him the right to honor the Ohio request for the subpoenas. How does this not create a legal conundrum because Mr. Madison’s client has a constitutional right that is being denied him?
Madison said that the victim’s testimony was central to his client’s case and would involve her recollection of her actions before and after the incident, including what she told hospital staff, her friends and a text messages she sent to one of the accused boys after the incident.
“My client has a constitutional right to confront his accuser,” Madison said. “He has to have the right to call witnesses on his behalf.”
With regard to the text messages that Jane Doe allegedly sent - it has been discovered through social media that her phone went missing for a few days. Translation: She did not have possession of her cell phone. I have many questions. Questions that started me on this journey for the truth back in August. Here are a few that come to mind with the news of denying the subpoenas.
- What date did the text message allegedly sent from Jane Doe take place?
- Is it possible that Trent Mays may have sent the text himself?
- How would anyone be able to prove that this occurred since it is rumored that no phone records/ping info or social media was subpoenaed?
- What is it that was told to hospital staff and could this information implicate others?
I agree with Mr. Madison. Both defendants have the right to confront their accuser as well as call witnesses on their behalf and if it is true that other witnesses are going to invoke their Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate themselves to avoid prosecution – how will this affect the entire trial?
The Steubenville trial is quickly approaching and once all is said and done – lives will be changed forever. Lives have been changed regardless of the outcome. The lives of every person who tweeted or retweeted the events of that night will forever have those bad decisions to follow them anytime someone Googles their name. Michael Nodianos’ life changed when he and his friends laughed maniacally over the sexual assault of a young girl. Many lives have changed, including my own.
I was sued for defamation of character for allowing the exchange of ideas and opinions on this blog. My anonymous commenters lives were changed as well. I am sure many of them are hesitant about ever voicing an opinion online for fear of becoming a legal target again because in their town you aren’t supposed to talk about it. I was hospitalized for a week while trying to defend myself from accusations of defamation and trying to make sure that my John Does weren’t hung out to dry. I’m okay with that. It was worth every second of it to stand tall and fight for what I believed in.
And then my life changed when people who I thought were my friends jumped on the “Alex is attacking our town” bandwagon and used our friendship as a weapon in their attempts to wipe their own slate clean. My writing about Steubenville has never been an attack on the town as a whole. There are some wonderful people there, and I still have friends and supporters there. I wrote about this case because I was providing information that the media was not. ANYONE looking for the information could have found it. I lived in Steubenville and think I have insight into what it is like there. I have no grudge against an entire town. I have no grudge against individuals – even the mother of my former best friend who wished AIDS on me and hoped that I died a slow death. I feel sorry for her that a woman her age has is capable of this much hate and I am embarrassed that Connie’s mother has brought her own family shame because of her behavior.
Indeed, lives have changed and will continue to change. Life is change. Embrace it.
Today in front of the Jefferson County Courthouse in Steubenville at 12:15 p.m. flash mob participants will perform a nearly five-minute dance by Broadway choreographer Debbie Allen to the song “Break the Chain,” written by Teva Clark. One Billion Rising events will be held worldwide, including gatherings in Kent, Chardon, Cleveland, Fairview Park, Akron, John Carroll University and Notre Dame College.
Deb Lemire is the organizer of V-Day Akron and coordinated the flash mob to coincide with One Billion Rising, a global activist movement that brings attention to violence against women and girls. I have seen a lot of not so nice comments by some individuals in Steubenville who are claiming that outsiders have ruined the reputation of their town. I think it is awesome that outsiders continue to come to their town to bring attention to violence against women and girls. These people are making a difference. Perhaps those who are complaining could learn something from the “outsiders”.
Read more here.
I received this in an email the other day and was so touched by it that I wanted to share. I can tell you that while watching all of the rallies, I have been so incredibly moved by the outpouring of support for Jane Doe, but for all of those wonderfully compassionate and caring people who braved cold weather to let their voices be heard.
Third Wintery Weather Rally
(Thankful good people like Prinnie were willing to share the truth, hard as it was to hear).
Tying my hood a little tighter, as the wind sneaks through to my ears, shuffling my boots to dig deeper into the patch of snow and ice so I don’t slide off the curb where I’m standing to give myself a few extra inches of height…..looking at the crowd of speakers..at the Guy Fawkes masks, wondering which one is which…do the social media admins even come to these local protests? I am not as computer savvy as I’d like to be. I don’t tweet, I don’t even own a cell phone…refuse to be that assessable…always did hate phones. But, have been following these young Anon’s that have put up Facebook pages on her behalf. Most of them are probably not much older than she.
Been spending parts of days off of work going from one Facebook page to another, reading article after article, post after post, (I even found twitter on my iPad), searching, waiting, hoping that more will have the morals, values and character to do the right thing, to stand up and state, “I was there, this is what happened , this is what I did, and I am very very sorry”. But, the teens who attended these rape crew parties obviously have parents whose parenting skills are as rusty as the skeletal remains of the steel mills that lie dead on the shores of the Ohio.
So many involved and only two taking the fall for all. The posts from these deviants along with my intuition tells me there are other rapists who have been kept safe from the same fate.
Just one from the very large crowd of the apathetic ‘I didn’t help her’ guilty came forward to apologize to this young victim. Not only does no one else step up to apologize to the innocent students for the shame they brought upon their school, but many big fish in this small pond of a town are going to extreme measures to discredit the very people who are here for this little girl. Instead of honest, lets fix this mess and salvage our reputation, there is damage control. For many it is easier for this dying town to make excuses for and divert attention from the football team, involved students, coaches and school board members than to confront, acknowledge and amend. I am frustrated at the lack of empathy.
I am angry that the very citizens of this town did not call forth this rally to stand up for this victim and to state loud and clear, ‘Rape In My Town Is Unacceptable!’
But they didn’t, so here I stand with these strangers who did; old, tired and growing colder. Beating my gloved hands together to try for a little friction heat. I read the protest signs, lend my ear to the voices, smile at these vocal youth who are all heart, giving the only thing I can offer this young girl – my presence and support.
I stand in the middle of a group. Surrounded by local police who are keeping their crumbling city safe from this little old lady so bundled up she can barely move. A kind person passes out hand warmers and blue ribbons. This rally is young, old, man, woman, boy, girl, victim, survivor, neighbors of Ohio Valley near and far. We are masked and unmasked. We are a presence sharing our hope that she hears our voices saying, “we are so sorry sweetie, we are doing what we can to drown out their apathy , hoping our presence will bring enough attention to this case that as hard as they might try to stop it, you have a fair chance for justice”.
I tie my Steeler black and gold scarf a little tighter around my neck, carefully step off the icy curb to make my way across the river to home ….a little lighter in heart because these people braving this weather, speaking from their heart…. are something that is right in this world.
#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.