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 … Continue reading →

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. … Continue reading →

State of Ohio Says Belardine Violated Probation

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

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. 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 … Continue reading →

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 … Continue reading →

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? ok so this is crazy. I protested this wknd ag police brutality and non-accountability & was jumped by 2 men (1) pic.twitter.com/ksp6pcq9RZ — Occupy 4 Elephants (@Sniper__Catz) December 1, 2014 the men were not protesters-just random guys. Matt Belardine-punched me several times & broke my finger. He was screaming @ me that (2) — Occupy 4 Elephants (@Sniper__Catz) December 1, 2014 he was from #Stuebenville where “he rapes whores like me”- turns out that he was 1 of the guys who went to jail 4 the rape. … Continue reading →

Former Steubenville Assistant Coach Arrested

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 … Continue reading →

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 Genre: Documentary, Making a Change Director: Jeffrey Scott Richards, Jenny Rebekah Richards Cast: Rebecca Mikesell, Ohio Anonymous Website 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. … Continue reading →

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 … Continue reading →

#Steubenville: Lesson Learned? Richmond Thinks THOT

  According to WTRF, convicted rapist  and All Eastern District D4 Defensive Player of the Year – #Steubenville 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 … Continue reading →

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 … Continue reading →