Things for the Steubenville victim are getting even worse day by day. The poor girl was sexually assaulted by two high school boys, Trent Mays and Ma'lik Richmond after an alcohol-fueled party. She was further abused online when a YouTube video of her rape was posted online and students made sick jokes about her.
The two rapists were sentenced to at least a year in juvenile prison. Mays has been given an additional year in prison for photographing the girl while committing the heinous crime.
And after the trial and the verdict, two girls, apparently the relatives of the rapists, threatened the victim online through Twitter and Facebook. As if the humiliation during and after the rape was not enough, these two girls aged 16 and 15 decided to abuse her even more.
The older online abuser posted a tweet to the victim that contained homicide threats saying, “You ripped my family apart.” the other girl threatened to harm the victim physically. Both have been charge with intimidation of a victim, telecommunications harassment and aggravated menacing.
This brings us to the conclusion that sometimes people often forget that their unreasonable and blind attachment to people often leads them to do terrible things. A rape victim usually loses self-confidence and sometimes even loses the will to live. The Steubenville sexual assault victim’s ordeal was made even worse by posting the YouTube video. Her family must have gone through a really tough time, beyond anyone’s imagination.
Threatening the victim online is something that is indeed punishable and ought to be condemned. People should try to understand that families are ripped apart when their members decide to cross the limits of humanity and morality and not when someone asks for justice.
Also, a petition has been posted to Change.org calling on CNN to apologize for its inappropriate media coverage of the Steubenville rape trial. The prominent news channel was criticized for focusing ‘more’ on the damage the verdict would do to the lives of the rapists rather than talking about the victim and her family’s suffering. It reached 75,000 signatures on Monday night.