The Steubenville teen rape trial is over, but it's still getting passionate reaction on the Internet, including many posts and op-eds from women who are sharing their own teen experiences for the very first time.
For our latest Moms Matter Hangout, four writers from The Stir got together online to talk about Steubenville, why it has struck a chord with the American public, and how we plan to use it as a lesson for our own children when they're teens.
Participants today included Jacqueline Burt, Sasha Brown-Worsham, and Mary Fischer.
If you're interested in seeing some of the online responses to Steubenville, here's some relevant reading:
-Waking Up to the Enduring Memory of Rape, New York Times
-Steubenville: This Is Rape Culture's Abu Ghraib Moment, NewStatesmen
-Lessons From Steubenville, Suburban Turmoil
-Was It My Fault, Scary Mommy
One of the most interesting things that came out of our discussion was the widespread need to educate our sons not only on what rape is, but also that standing by knowing that it's possible, imminent, or actually occurring is absolutely not okay. We want our sons to learn to stand up for women, and to see every girl at the party as someone's sister, someone's daughter, someone's future wife.
What do you think about the public response to Steubenville? Will you use it to talk to your own children about rape?