What has changed? Not really anything.
What has changed? Not really anything.
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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For starters, I’m not an avid football watcher but to me – it doesn’t look like a kick. What it looks like is that he was trying to push himself up by pushing his leg out for thrust. But …that’s not the purpose of this particular blog entry. The purpose is the outrage from the local community over an alleged KICK as opposed to let’s say…CONVICTED RAPE. I don’t think it’s a stretch for me to feel a wee bit aggravated at the number of commenters who are voicing their opinion about this suspension when just a short 50 miles up the river, there is a school that has a registered sex offender being applauded and glorified as he runs across the field every Friday night.
Continue reading Alleged Kicking Grounds for Suspension…but RAPE? PLAY BALL #STEUBENVILLE!!
I wanted to get a post up about any potential protests that might take place at the Steubenville High School football game this coming Friday or after.
Tempers are high because Steubenville City Schools and Steubenville High School has allowed Ma’lik Richmond back on the team. Coach Reno Saccoccia says that he deserves a second chance and the city leaders also seem to be taking this stance. A petition was created on Change.org by Elizabeth Beier that generated over 60,000 signatures asking the school to rethink their decision and to remove Richmond from the team. I can tell you now that there is a better chance of Elvis running for president than that. It’s simply not going to happen. Steubenville is…well…Steubenville.
People want to protest and rightly so. They SHOULD. I am encouraging protests. Marc Randazza and others have pledged $500 to every school that shuts Big Red out – meaning a zero point game. That’s something I can get behind as well. In fact, maybe collecting donations from the public at large and dividing them up between the schools that shut them out is in order.
What we don’t want to happen is this: These protests are about doing the right thing. Any signage or tshirts, etc. should refrain from “I support Jane Doe” or mentioning Jane Doe. She has blamed enough by this community and this will just be another opportunity for them to blame her again. Any signs should demand that SHS do the right thing – that they have an ounce of human compassion and decency, but for now…let’s give Jane Doe a breather. Steubenville High School should be ashamed of themselves but let’s not give them the opportunity to blame anyone but themselves for this latest mess they’ve found themselves in.
And you can always called the superintendent. If you would like to call them yourself: (740) 283-3767
Shame on you
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.
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?
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.
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?
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?
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?
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!
“Some people deserve to be peed on #whoareyou ”
It is a distasteful statement when made in the context that it was. It is even more distasteful to think that it was posted to brag.
When I found this particular tweet during my research about the allegations of rape at Steubenville High School, I sat in front of my screen in disbelief. I tried to let the words sink in. I was repulsed because I knew the context in which this statement was made and then I became very angry. Angry that another human being would find even a morsel of pleasure regarding such a sadistic act. There is not a lot to say about this particular tweet. I will let the words of its author speak for themselves.
You can see the cache of this tweet and retweets by clicking the screenshot or by clicking here.
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.
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