Our message to U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld:
"The lesson for students from the Steubenville, Ohio rape case should be not to commit rape, not how to avoid getting caught. We demand that your educational program include material on respecting women, seeking consent from sexual partners, and clearly defining rape and sexual assault for teens--including the legal consequences for committing these crimes."
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You won’t believe this: In response to the Steubenville, Ohio teen rape case, West Virginia U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld is launching a program to teach high school athletes not to post evidence of rape online.
It's called "Project Future," and his goal is to teach teens how to avoid getting in trouble with the law by using cell phones, cameras, and social media “responsibly.” Instead of teaching teens not to rape, the U.S. Attorney wants to teach them not to get caught.
This is rape culture at work: The very people who are in charge of enforcing our laws look at a cruel, brutal attack on a young girl and think, "If only the teens hadn’t posted photographic evidence online."
If we speak out now, we can make sure the U.S. Attorney scraps this horrible program and launches one that will actually help stop sexual assault. Can you sign the petition?