Two Torrington (Connecticut) High School football players stand accused of sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl. Four others were suspended in a hazing scandal last fall that is still under investigation. One player, the team’s second-highest scorer last fall, was allowed to play even though the team’s coach knew he had been charged with felony robbery and assault.
School officials claim that the sexual assault charges against 18-year-olds Edgar Gonzalez and Joan Toribio, the hazing and other incidents are isolated problems and don’t signal a deeper issue with the culture of Torrington High School, its athletic programs or football team.
Athletic Director Mike McKenna said, “If you think there’s some wild band of athletes that are wandering around then I think you’re mistaken.”
“If you look at crime statistics these things happen everywhere and we’re not any different than any other community,” said McKenna.
But on social media in recent weeks, dozens of athletes and Torrington High School students, male and female, have taunted the 13-year-old victim, calling her a “whore,” criticizing her for “snitching” and “ruining the lives” of the 18-year-old football players, and bullying students who defend her.”
The Register Citizen (Litchfield County, CT), "Victim Bullied After Rape Allegations Against Torrington Football Players."
Christ almighty. That athletic director — and the school administration allowing this dumbass to keep his job — needs to get his macho head out of his dickhole.
“I’ve never experienced anything like it, Candy. It was incredibly emotional, incredibly difficult even for an outsider like me to watch what happened as these two young men that had such promising futures — star football players, very good students — we literally watched as, they believe, their life fell apart.”
CNN reporter POPPY HARLOW, from outside the courtroom after sentences were handed down to rapists Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond.
"Journalism." For shame, CNN.
Steubenville High School football coach Reno Saccoccia not only knew that two of his players had sexually assaulted a teen-age girl during a booze-fueled night last August, he also tried to shield his athletes from prosecution, evidence presented during last week’s trial of the two players suggests.
Saccoccia, who has won three state championships and has been inducted into the Ohio Coaches Hall of Fame, is just one of the Steubenville coaches, parents and students who could face criminal charges after a grand jury reviews evidence from the case next month.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced on Sunday that he would convene a grand jury on April 15 to determine if criminal charges should be filed against coaches, parents and football players who failed to report shared photos of the assault on social media, failed to report the incident or attempted to cover it up.
“You cannot bring finality to this without the convening of a grand jury,” DeWine said on Sunday, shortly after a judge pronounced “Big Red” quarterback Trent Mays, 17, and receiver Ma’Lik Richmond guilty in the horrific rape of a girl from a nearby West Virginia community. “We have 16 witnesses who would not talk to us.””
Two high school football stars were found guilty on Sunday of raping a 16-year-old girl last August, in a case that drew wide attention for the way social media spurred the initial prosecution and later helped galvanize national outrage over the episode. The town’s obsession over its football team, many said, had shielded other teenagers who did little or nothing to protect the girl.
One football player, Trent Mays, 17, who had been a quarterback on the powerhouse Steubenville High School football team, was sentenced to serve at least two years in the state juvenile system, while the other, Ma’lik Richmond, 16, who played wide receiver, was sentenced to serve at least one year. Both could end up in juvenile jail until they are 21, at the discretion of the state Department of Youth Services.
Mr. Mays’s minimum sentence is twice as long as Mr. Richmond’s because he was found to be delinquent beyond a reasonable doubt — the juvenile equivalent of guilty — not just of rape but also of distributing a nude image of a minor.
After Judge Thomas Lipps read his decision in Juvenile Court, both boys broke down and sobbed. Mr. Richmond turned to his lawyer, Walter Madison, and said, “My life is over.”
Mr. Mays apologized to the victim by name, as well as to “her family and the community. No pictures should have been sent around, let alone ever taken.” Mr. Richmond then walked over to where the victim and her family were sitting and said, “I had not intended to do anything like this. I’m sorry to put you through this,” before he broke down, unable to speak any more, and embraced a court officer.
The judge found that both boys had used their fingers to penetrate the girl while she was so drunk in the early hours of Aug. 12 that she lacked the cognitive ability to give her consent for sex. A picture that was circulated among classmates the day after the assault showed the victim naked and passed out. Ohio’s legal definition of rape includes digital penetration.
In sentencing the boys, Judge Lipps described much of the evidence as “profane and ugly” and said rape was among the gravest of crimes. He also said the case was a cautionary lesson in how teenagers talk to their friends and conduct themselves when alcohol is present, and in “how you record things on social media that are so prevalent today.””
– The New York Times, "Two Ohio Teenagers Found Guilty In Rape of Girl"
Q: What happens when you’re a member of a high school football team and you rape a woman who is drunk and you videotape and photograph the entire damnable thing so that there’s really no question of what you did, like, none at all?
(Photo of Trent Mays [left] and Ma’lik Richmond, members of the Steubenville, OH High School football team and who are both charged with the rape of a classmate while she was intoxicated, by Keith Srakocic / AP via the New York Daily News)
Protestors hold candles during a vigil in New Delhi. Six men charged with the brutal gang rape of a medical student — who has since died from her injuries — now face murder charges. (Photo: Saurabh Das / AP via The New York Times)
Pictures from protests and demonstrations in New Delhi
Thousands of college students, teachers and activists rallied in New Delhi over the weekend, clashing with riot police near the India Gate. The protests were set off by the brutal gang rape of a medical student on a city bus on Dec. 16. (via)
A young woman who had been in critical condition since she was raped two weeks ago by a group of men who lured her onto a bus here died early Saturday, an official at the hospital in Singapore that was caring for her said.
The woman, a 23-year-old physiotherapy student whose rape on Dec. 16 had served as a reminder of the dangerous conditions women face in India, died “peacefully,” according to a statement by Dr. Kelvin Loh, the chief executive of Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore.
The woman, whose intestines were removed because of injuries caused by a metal rod used during the rape, has not been identified. She was flown to Singapore on Wednesday night after undergoing three operations at a local hospital.
“The patient had remained in an extremely critical condition,” the statement said, adding, “She was courageous in fighting for her life for so long against the odds but the trauma to her body was too severe for her to overcome.”
The police have arrested six people in connection with the attack, Indian officials said.
Revulsion and anger over the rape have galvanized India, where women regularly face sexual harassment and assault, and where neither the police nor the judicial system is seen as adequately protecting them. Angry protesters thronged central Delhi after the attack was made public and assembled in other major cities, demanding better protection from the police and better treatment over all for women. Some protesters and politicians have called for the death penalty for rapists.
Top officials now say that further change is needed.
“The emergence of women in public spaces, which is an absolutely essential part of social emancipation, is accompanied by growing threats to their safety and security,” Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said in a speech on Thursday. “We must reflect on this problem, which occurs in all states and regions of our country, and which requires greater attention.”
Activists and lawyers in India have long said that the police are insensitive when dealing with crimes against women. The result, they say, is that many women do not report cases of sexual violence.
India, which has more than 1.3 billion people, recorded 24,000 cases of rape last year, a figure that has increased by 25 percent in the past six years. On Thursday, Delhi government officials said they would register the names and photographs of convicted rapists on the Delhi police Web site, the beginning of a national registry for rapists.”
The New York Times, "Woman Whose Gang Rape Galvanized India Dies."
No words to express the anger and sadness.
The shame of India.
idiot governor Mitch Daniels (R-Indiana) refusing to answer whether or not he continues to back Richard Mourdock because he’s taking a new job at a university and has thus taken a “vow of political celibacy.” To which Stephen Colbert answers “Why aren’t more Republicans taking that vow when it comes to the word ‘rape’?”