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A 17-year-old girl Kentucky girl named Savannah Dietrich who was initially upset by the plea deal reached by a pair of teenagers who tried to assault her sexually is now facing a contempt charge for tweeting the names as a violation of court order.
Most publications do not report the names of sexual assault victim, but in the case of Savannah her parents say that they do not want to shield her identity and want her case to be public. Dietrich said that she was assaulted in August 2011 by two boys she knew when she passed out after drinking at a gathering.
After a couple of months she came to know that pictures of the assault were taken and also shared. "For months, I cried myself to sleep. I couldn't go out in public places," she said. "You just sit there and wonder, who saw (the pictures), who knows?” At the same time Dietrich’s attorney wants her contempt case hearing open to the media, stating that she like other citizens has the First Amendment right to speak about her case to a public hearing.
The boys involved in the assault were pleaded guilty on June 26 to first-degree sexual abuse and misdemeanor voyeurism. Even though Dietrich could not say what the proposed punishment was but to her it was like a slap on the wrist. "They got off very easy ... and they tell me to be quiet, just silencing me at the end," she said. Dietrich said that she just wants to stand up for herself. She says that if she had to go to jail for her rights she is ready to do that.
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