Mar 19, 2013
Okay folks. I've got myself all worked up over some of the things being said about this rape case that has been plastered all over the news. Somebody posted a bit done by CNN that basically did all it could to make these teen age rapists look like folk hero's or something. Worse than that was a series of tweets that were posted at the bottom of this article.
After reading that stuff, I am no longer amazed at the unraveling of the collective moral fiber of this country. There are actually people blaming the victim.... Blaming the victim and threatening her as well. There isn't a modicum of sanity in Steubenville and I think the picture this scenario paints is indicative of the state of affairs for the whole nation.
I mean, the whole thing is tragic on so many levels. Obviously, this girl was intoxicated to the point of passing out and or blacking out. I think that says a lot about the teen drinking situation and what parents will allow their kids to get away with. Then you have what looks to be 2 pretty decent kids, football players, who completely came unwound and committed one of the most heinous acts there is. On top of that you have the news portraying these kids as the victim and you have other teens saying that they are going to beat up the victim? What in the hell is wrong with this picture, people?
There is no excuse for any of this. Not the victim being passed out drunk, certainly not the 2 boys repeatedly raping her, and absolutely no excuse for anyone to say that they are going to beat the victim up. Oh... and then this kid goes and takes photo's of the situation and posts that stuff out there on the web? Wow...
In the article (there was a video piece accompanying the article), one of the boys said "my life is over, nobody will want me now". How tragic is that that the kid can't take his mind off of himself for one minute to recognize what he had done and acknowledge that he potentially ruined not only his life by being stupid but also ruined the victims life?
The only thing I feel sorry about with this whole scenario is the fact that so much common sense was completely void at the time of committing this heinous act. The victim does have a part to play in this, so she isn't totally exempt here... but there is absolutely no excuse for what these 2 boys did and they have to learn that.
Now, after being sentenced at least one of them had a show of emotion. The kid broke down while trying to apologize to the victim, victims family and the community... I think the gravity of the whole situation hit him right between the eyes at that point and he realized that he was going to be a registered sex offender the rest of his life all the while the victim tries to find a way to not have to be the victim for the rest of hers. In a small town like that, there is no hiding...
I am sad, upset, disgusted... all at the same time. I've tapped into a new level of disgust for our nations main stream media and have found very little to hope for when the future will be bridled by people like these teenagers who committed the act and the ones who threatened to beat up the victim. No wonder the world looks down at us these days. We're a pitiful lot....