Steubenville Football Players' Guilty Verdict in Heartless Rape of Teen Girl Is Justified (VIDEO)

trent mays and ma'lik richmond, steubenville rape caseTwo players from Steubenville High School's legendary football team in Ohio were found guilty Sunday of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl while she was extremely drunk. And you know what? The evidence at the volatile and highly contentious rape trial for teen defendants Trent Mays and Ma'lik Richmond says that verdict is exactly what the pair deserved.

The girl, who hasn't been named, testified that she didn't remember the attack but awoke naked in an unfamiliar house. Multiple witnesses said they saw her so drunk she was throwing up repeatedly and barely able to stand or walk.

Video and photos of the night of the assault were leaked online, including some of 17-year-old Mays and 16-year-old Ma'lik carrying the victim. Obscene text messages, some written by Mays, also detailed what happened. The boys could be confined to a juvenile detention center until they turn 21.

Their lawyers even had the audacity to argue that since the victim didn't say no, the sex was consensual.

Ma'lik and Mays were both found guilty of penetrating the girl with their fingers in the backseat of a car and in the basement of a house after an August 11 party. Mays also was charged with photographing her while she was naked. Both will have to spend at least a year in detention for the first offense. Mays was sentenced to an additional year for taking lewd pictures of the victim.

The crime shocked the community and the nation, in large part because so many fellow students took photos of and joked about the assault online without notifying police or trying to help the girl. Many suspect a widespread cover-up on the part of other players, students, and even coaches, and Ohio's attorney general said more charges are likely to come.

The defense tried to show that the girl had a habit of drinking heavily and lying. But I'm sorry -- does that excuse what these two guys did to her? The answer is definitely no.

This case is, quite simply, horrifying -- not only because of the brutality and cruelty shown by the attackers themselves but because of their heartless friends who laughed at and mocked the victim instead of doing something to stop her from being raped. It just blows my mind that people -- even drunk teenagers -- can be so cold, unfeeling, and utterly without compassion. Do they have no souls? No matter what kind of girl the victim is and no matter how foolish she was for getting that drunk, she didn't deserve to be violated the way she was or derided as the attack was happening and afterwards. The whole thing is sickening.

I hope that while they're serving their sentence, Ma'lik and Mays have a lot of time for the guilt and the gravity of their vicious actions to sink in. And I hope the others who hid the truth in an effort to protect them and their beloved football team are arrested and face the consequences of their inhuman actions too. Shame on all of you for treating a young girl so terribly.

Do you think the guilty verdict was justified in this rape case?


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nonmember avatar Debbie

Parents need to talk to their kids about this. Kids need to be told: it is not acceptable to stand by and do nothing, it is not acceptable to joke about these matters, on social media or in any other way, and that as a citizen and a humane person, it IS your duty to do the right thing. The right thing could be calling the police, getting the girl out of harms way, telling others to leave the girl alone, getting an adult, anything other than standing by and watching. Apathy is a great dehumanized.

jalaz77 jalaz77

Yup I sure do. God not one person helped her. It doesn't matter if she was a heavy drinker and had a history of lying, what was done to her was wrong and sick. These boys are idiots, taking pictures, bragging and people saw how drunk she was. I hope I raise my boys better than this and I hope I raise my daughter to have better judgment. I am not saying it was her fault, trust me, I was 16 so I am not clueless. I hope she does ok in life.

bills... billsfan1104

I agree with Jalaz, but we raise our kids the best we can, and they make their own decisions. And unless these parents helped with a cover up, they shouldn't be blamed.

Kattey Kattey

Of course it was justified, how could it not be?

kelti... kelticmom

We live in a society that is so "well it's not my problem", "I don't want to get involved", movies and tv shows glorifying violence and degradation of women, shows that joke about roofies, reality tv that rots the brain, etc etc etc --- so why are we surprised that so many teens stood by and did nothing to help her?

tuffy... tuffymama

I was SO afraid the rapists would go free. What a precedent THAT would set for women and girls everywhere. A fast blast back to the Stone Age! Or to the Middle East. Yikes! I hope they get the maximum penalty. The brutal, filthy shame of this just galls me. I know for a firm FACT that ODS would never do such a horrible thing, and I'm sure many of you have that same self assurance with your sons. I don't want to know the people that make these kids.

nonmember avatar guest

They should have been tried in an ADULT court (for max penalty) not Juvenile.Had these 2 pieces of refuse done this in a neighboring state like say Indiana they never would of made it to court...alive anyway.

IKnow... IKnow0101

My problem with this situation as a whole was the spreading of the video and people taking pictures like it wasn't a big deal.  Not one person had the guts to step up to either help the girl or tell the guys this is not a good idea.  Also I'm not one to blame parents all the time because I was young, however having drinking parties and sex parties are not fun.  It's not cute.  Where did they get this large amount of alcohol?  Who house were they in?  There are a lot more people involved in this who should also be punished.

Histo... HistoryMamaX3

I was very happy to see these two young men sentenced for this crime. I hope those who stood by them and behind them trying to justify their actions takes a long HARD look in the mirror and realizes how disgusting their betrayal to the young women of our society was.

It makes me sick inside to think that football still takes precedence over the lives of innocent people. People have their heads on wrong.

nonmember avatar Debbie

I talked with my son about this case. I said "never be the person who stands by and does nothing. That makes you almost as bad as the perpetrator." Parents, do not assume your teens will know what to do in these situations. Talk to them about doing what is right, and not worry about what their friends are texting and gossiping about.

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