Our message to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and the special prosecutors:
A teenage girl was brutally raped in Steubenville, Ohio, as other teens posted photos and videos of the attack online. She deserves justice. Prosecute anyone who participated in this crime, as well as those who intimidated witnesses, destroyed evidence, or otherwise impeded the investigation--including people who posted photos and video on Twitter, YouTube and Instagram instead of trying to stop or report the crime.
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In August, a 16-year-old girl was raped by members of the Steubenville, Ohio high school football team. She was carried, unconscious, from one party to another so the boys could repeatedly violate her throughout the night. She was reportedly urinated on.
Witnesses--as many as 50 partygoers--not only watched, but posted photographs, videos, and comments about the crime to Twitter, YouYube, and Instagram. But months later, only two boys have been charged with the rape--when dozens of others participated in taking videos, posting photos and helping cover up the crime. Police claim that witnesses are not coming forward, but the truth is that the police had been dragging their feet for months.
We need justice for the survivor and we need it fast. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and the special prosecutors assigned to the case need to know that everyone who participated in this crime or in covering it up needs to be held accountable. If we all speak out we can pressure him to prosecute all those involved.