Steubenville Rape Victim's Name Reported & Now She's Being Bullied (VIDEO)

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Fox News Steubenville victimIt should be a time for the victim in the highly publicized Steubenville rape case to breathe a sigh of relief. Her rapists, Trent Mays, 17, and Ma'lik Richmond, 16, were found guilty. Justice is hers. But America, we have failed this young girl. This child. This rape victim.

This week, a 16-year-old girl who was brutally raped had her name reported over the airwaves to the masses by several major networks. This week, two teenage girls were arrested and charged with menacing for allegedly threatening the teenage rape victim on Twitter and Facebook.

America, we allowed this to happen. We built this culture where two teenage boys garner sympathy over their "ruined futures" when they're sentenced for raping an innocent girl.

We built a culture where the folks at CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, trained journalists all, would be so careless that a rape victim's name would be "accidentally" aired as a clip of one of her attackers apologizing to her is played. Was it an accident? Perhaps. But redacting a rape victim's name is journalism 101. It should have been the highest priority for the people working on the story. That it wasn't says more about society than it does how this one story has been reported.

We built a culture where the victim has gotten lost.

We built a culture where a teenage girl would bully her cousin's rape victim for making him "cry." She made HIM cry? We can only imagine what he did to her.

We should be raising our kids with more respect for victims than that shown by her alleged bullies. We should be thinking about this young girl, about what her life is like now and will be like from now on.

We should be working to change the world for this girl and the more than 200,000 Americans sexually assaulted every year. 

They deserve better than what they are getting. They deserve our sympathy and our outrage. They deserve our shoulders to cry on and our hands to pull them up. They deserve justice. 

But as long as we allow victims to be victimized again and again and again, justice is hollow.

What do you think of the way this rape victim has been treated? Is there any way to make it better?

Listen to Fox News talk about the victim (with the name of the girl since redacted):

 

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amomm... amommy2jack

This makes me sad to be an American and even sadder to be a woman.  What the hell is wrong with people anymore?  Where's the humanity?  Where's the common sense?  SMDH

mojoe... mojoe12776

It's so incredibly sad. This poor girl and all try are worried about is the boys. It made me sit down with my youngest daughter again and re-explain today's culture and where it's heading and how careful and coolant she needs to be and how her parents will always be her biggest protectors.

CAP1015 CAP1015

In this particular situation, Stuebenville is reacting to this as many that are eye-ball deep in associating their city, their school and themselves with the identity of a successful football team ( see  Penn St and many other examples).  Having been a football player in a similar situation it is almost impossible to describe how the community and many people live through the success of the related sports program.  Most of the time the worst are people that never played, their children didn't play, but for some reason their identity, self-worth, and ego are coupled with something that in reality few outside of their area care about.  It's sad that rather than focusing on helping the victim and administring the proper justice, people lose their moral compass and want to protect "the program"......

posh777 posh777

Horrible horrible society! What the hell is wrong with people? Where is common sense? People have traded integrity and humanity with stupidity! Smh

Fred Ganczar

posh777...this is not news.

Jennifer Franklin-Kirkpatrick

I'm sorry and what happened is horrible, but here's my question..Where was the parents??!! You have a bunch of 15/16/17 y/o's getting drunk etc...This should've never happened to this girl, however, neither should all of them getting drunk in the first place. I feel sorry for none of them. Unfortunatly, this girl had to learn in a very horrible manner what can happen when your put yourself in very bad circumstances.

IKnow... IKnow0101

@ Jen- I have to agree with you.  I know parents have to work and you hope that your teenagers are responsible enough to know what to do.  However this apparently happened every weekend and not just there but probably in every city/ town.  You get a bunch of bored teenagers drinking and having wild sex parties.  Also the two girls who are now charged with threatening the victim has not learned the important lesson yet.  It's okay to think what you want because it's your mind but STOP posting your idiotic thoughts on social media.

SIMom... SIMomSays

This makes me sick.... Teenagers are going to be teenagers and go out and party... especially in small towns where there is little to do.... Does that make it right of course not. But what we should really be teaching our children is how to treat and respect one another. Instead of just teaching our daughters how to behave "properly" we should be teaching our sons the same thing! These boys should have know better and have clearly not been taught how to respect themselves or others... that is the bigger issue here. And screw there "ruined reputations" this boys raped a girl, video taped it and posted it on the web!!!! They were clearly worried about one reputationa and one reputation alone. Their futures should be screwed up just as much as they have screwed up this poor girls life.

Caera Caera

They're all trash. The boys who raped her, those who stood by and did nothing, those who knew about it and said nothing, and the idiot girl who crossed state lines to go to a party and - at 16 - drink underage with a bunch of people she didn't know. Every single one of them, and their sorry excuses for parents, are disgusting.

cherylam cherylam

way to go, Fox News, who was first to release the name of the victim... one more reason, as if I didn't have enough already, not to watch it.  Nobody seems to realize the victim did not file charges, and said under oath she couldn't remember anything about that night.  Her parents filed charges after finding all that garbage on FB.

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