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Fuck Rape Culture
By Diana May-Waldman,CJE-”Rape Culture is concept used to describe a culture in which rape and sexual violence are common and in which prevalent attitudes, norm, practices, and media normalize, excuse, tolerate and even condone rape”
Allegations of rape have rocked Steubenville, Ohio after two high school football players have gone on trial for raping a 16-year old girl.
The trial began on Wednesday and it was ordered that no cellphones, laptops or electronic devices be permitted in the courtroom.
The defendants, two members of the Steubenville High School’s Big Red football team, Trenton Mays, 17 and Ma’lik Richmond, 16 have pleaded not guilty to raping a drunk girl at a party.
Witnesses claim the girl was first raped in a car traveling from one party to another.
The allegations have shocked the town and divided it. while some are demanding justice for the girl, others would prefer the whole situation to go away, stating it has tarnished the town’s reputation.
One of two lawyers representing Trenton Mays said he intends to prove that, “there was no rape, stating that they deny there was any nonsensical contact, period.”
Along with roughy 40 witnesses, the accuser is also expected to testify.
News reports have said that, “Steubenville is a place where football is more than just a past time; it’s a religion. And residents here worship on Friday nights.”
Because the accuser is from West Virginia and not Ohio, just across the river, some are claiming that the reputation of the area is being unfairly tarnished by outsiders, while others believe there has been a cover surrounding the rape.
It began August 11, 2012 and came on the hells of a scrimmage to show off the teams players.
Trent Mays was a quarterback whose father was a footfall coach.
It’s been reported that Ma’lik Richmond came from the other side of the tracks and grew up with gunfire and violence.
Trent claims that hours after the game he began reciving text messages from a girl he had beenflirting with. She was just over the Ohio River in Weirton, W. Va. He claims that the girl persuaded him to come to a party.
Trent and Ma’lik arrived together at the party where it has been said the party consisted of roughly 40 to 50 teens with no adult present.
Witnesses said the girl was already “tipsy” when the boys arrived.
“She had her arm wrapped around me and one hand on my chest. It just felt like she was coming on to me,” Ma’lik told ABC News’ Elizabeth Vargas in an exclusive interview for “20/20.”
However, as the party broke up witnesses said the girl stated she wanted to leave with Trent. Friends said they tried to stop the girl who they felt was intoxicated, yet she left with Trent, Ma’lik and two other boys.
The girl has said she doesn’t remember anything after the first party and onto the next party. The second party was a much smaller group which was a much smaller party.
Here is where the story takes a bad turn. Witnesses say the girl was escorted to the bathroom when she became sick and vomited. At this point someone takes a picture of her. The photo is said to show Trent and Ma’lik holding her by her arms and legs with her hanging back.
Ma’lik told reporters from ABC news that the girls ex-boyfriend had said he wanted to get a picture of this”drunk bitch.”
Drunk bitch? So, there you have the beginning of the total mind set. It sets the tone. They now all know she is drunk and start the degrading by calling her a bitch. Nice.
However, Ma’lik contends the picture was a joke. Love this kids sense of humor. NOT.
Witnesses have said upon leaving the party the girl vomited again.
Ma’lik claims the girl vomited on her shirt and took it off and he offered his jacket to cover her before getting back into the car with the boys.
I have to question the decency of all the witnesses who did not aid the sick girl who was about to get into a car with four boys. Nah, we don’t look out for one another anymore.
It was during this ride the prosecutors contend Trent raped the drunk girl.
One of the boys in the car has stated that he used his phone to videotape Trent exposing the girls breasts and penetrating her vagina with his fingers. He claimed she was talking but could not unerstand her slurred speech.
Pack animals, I say. If you aren’t helping the girl, then you are also harming her.
Ma’lik however, contends that Trent was rubbing the girls breasts and kissing his neck.
The boy taping the incident said when they arrived at another home, the girl was again taken to the bathroom to vomit.
Witnesses say after the girl was sick again, the rape allegedly occurred.
Witnesses then claim Trent was attempting to get the girl to perform oral sex on him and later said he saw both Trent and Ma’lik laying next to the girl touching her “groin” area.
It’s her vagina. Say it. Vagina. He touched her vagina.
Prosecutors and defense attornies have argued not about whether the girl was intoxicated, but the level of intoxication.
Was she conscious enough to consent?
Seems to me this is a no brainer. She has vomited how many times and witnesses state her speech was to slurred to understand?
The girls parents upon learning what had happened to the girl to the hospital. Since 24 hours had passed the girl had already showered leaving no physical evidence.
Michael Nodianos, an 18 year old former Steubenville student can be seen in the following video making jokes about the rape. he states that the victim was “deader than OJ’s wife” and deader than, “Caylee Anthony.” He later told police that he had only seen the girl that night after she left the second party and made his jokes based on what other boys had told him. He has since apologized. Yeah, you’re not sorry. How could anyone with any speck of decency carry on the way he did in the video?
Please note the part where he is scratching his balls like he has a nasty case of crabs.
Within ten days Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond were arrested and charged with rap and kidnapping. The kidnapping charges were dropped.
Trent was also charged with disseminating child pornography for texting naked photos of the underage alleged victim.
It was later learned that most of the photos taken were deleted, but a photo of the victim was recovered from Trent’s phone that showed the girl naked, lying face down on the floor, “seemingly asleep.”
Passed out. She was passed out and left naked.
Attorneys for the boys say that the girl was sober enough to consent. That makes my blood boil. How sober is a girl who has repeatedly vomited and has to be carried?
I’m sorry but at 16 years of age or at 50 I could never stand by and watch something like this happen. Clearly all involved and those that witnessed this attack had no clear cut sense of boundaries.
This kind of brutality exists in our culture and in our lives and when we have to split hairs as to whether this young girl was sober or drunk enough, we’ve got problems.
When we have to claim rape is the fault of the person being raped, we’ve got problems.
Ma’lik stated above thatat one point the girl had her arm around him and her hand on his chest. Unless she is yanking on your dick, and begging for sex, don’t get it twisted.
It is clear to me that there is some twisted camaraderie among sports teams that perpetuate this type of behavior, because you don’t find this in solo sports.
Male bonding isn’t gang rape and it sure as hell isn’t funny.
In most cases while males are bonding while raping, nobody ever steps in to stop it. It becomes like a feather in their hat. One male leads and the rest follow.
It then becomes legitimized rape.
Part of the competition and entitlement.
The whole team becomes one.
Locker room culture. They get the same adrenaline rush as they do when they are on the field and nobody is teaching them any different.
Athletes are made into heroes. The lines become blurred when it comes to what they think is their entitlement and some think they have the moral right to have sex with whoever they want and however they can.
This IS rape culture and it stinks to high heaven.