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Grand jury result leaves questions

October 9, 2013

Steubenville finally got a result from a special grand jury led by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, and the result raises more questions....

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Roxine

Oct-10-13 9:13 AM

Steubenville just serves as the backdrop for THIS atrocity. The rape of children and subsequent cover up by adults is something that happens far too often in our society. The Catholic Church, The Boy Scouts of America, Jerry Sandusky/Penn State, Miramonte School District, Jimmy Saville and the BBC - all cases where the victims, the CHILDREN'S needs (for protection, for action, for support) were ignored in favor of the INSTITUTION'S REPUTATION.

And unless and until we place the value of our CHILDREN above the value of our INSTITUTIONS and our REPUTATIONS these behaviors will continue.

We must do better by our children. All of our children. Even when they are the perpetrators.

What message does it send to the other teenage boys in this community when adults (allegedly) cover up the rape of a young girl? What message does that send to all of the young girls?

I was raped as a young girl, and it was covered up to protect the perpetrator. The Message I got? I was worthless.

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Roxine

Oct-10-13 9:16 AM

1:4 girls and 1:6 boys are sexually abused by the age of 18. 90% by someone they know.

This is a very REAL issue in our society. And these numbers are just for the US. Globally it is far worse - in India, for example, 1:3 CHILDREN are raped. 1 in 3!!!

Children cannot protect themselves, it is our duty as adults to keep them safe. It is also our duty as adults to report suspected abuse/rape - and for the school officials, most are mandatory reporters.

To the victims of rape - please know that it was NOT your fault. And you can not only survive but THRIVE. There are resources available to help you through. Please reach out for help. You are not alone. 1:4 girls - 1:6 boys - that means 1:5 Americans are survivors.

Thank you, Roxine Behrens President, Tree-Climbers (dot) org

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Benardo

Oct-10-13 11:20 AM

What a nice editorial from a newspaper that has accepted evasion from the superintendent, has allowed the principal a pass when he said he will not make the coach available for an interview and does not question whether or not the coach should be allowed to supervise children. This abrogation of responsibility under the guise of no rush to judgment allows the stain to fester. Be a man

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Rsimpson43952

Oct-10-13 11:36 AM

Most importantly, this case is about much much more than simple juvenile criminal conduct. That attitude is why Steubenville's reputation was tarnished not because of what happened. Sadly these types of things happen all the time and all over the place. No other city's reputation has been damaged except maybe Glen Ridge, ironically support for the accused in Glen Ridge mirrors support for the accused in Steubenville, in my opinion. You can agree with me or not, it makes no difference, and my opinion isn't all that important anyway in the grand scheme of things. The fact is there are very obvious reasons why this case captivated so many people across the entire world, and it's not because they're jealous of a High School football, harbor deep-seeded hatred toward the city, or have a vendetta against Steubenville officials. To put it simply this case captivated America because the victim could have very easily been anyone's daughter, sister, niece, friend, or what have you.

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Rsimpson43952

Oct-10-13 11:49 AM

Millions of Americans and people around the world felt a need to rally around the victim so she could have the same support given to the accused. The accused had over 50 letters of support submitted to the judge. How many letters were submitted to the judge on behalf of the victim? The three witnesses who were granted immunity weren't as much as suspended from extra-curricular activities until months later, when football season was almost over. Accusing JD's supporters of being jealous of a High School football team did nothing but make Steubenville look even more like they stepped right out of Friday Night Lights. I know a lot of people in Steubenville and know that the majority are honest, hard-working, god-fearing people but unfortunately a few vocal village idiots can make the entire town look bad. Case and point; The loud mouth and disrespectful woman on Dr. Phil did nothing to help paint Steubenville in a positive light. Actually, she came off as a crazed football mom living in

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Rsimpson43952

Oct-10-13 12:05 PM

denial. Her thoughts on this were "What if she's lying?", meaning the victim. The victim wasn't the one who alleged what happened. Sadly for her, many of the details of the horror bestowed upon her were proudly boasted about online by other boys who had either personally witnessed the crime or had been shown media captured by those boys who personally witnessed the crime. This case all around is a tragedy for all involved, the adults should have never left them to their own vices. I do agree that it is time for everyone to move forward and that can't happen until the Grand Jury is done and all civil suits are completed. In my opinion, the defamation suit caught the attention of the NYT's reporter which caught the attention of KYAnonymous. Who in their right mind would sue for defamation after publicly humiliating a rape victim? That was a poor judgement call in my opinion. What was the expected public reaction?

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