Alleged rape of teen by Ohio high school student-athletes gains attention through social media
Fri, 04 Jan 2013 16:30:53 GMT —
A n alleged rape case against two Ohio high school football players is gaining national attention with newly released video and social media content.
The case, alleging a pair of Steubenville High School student-athletes raped a 16-year-old girl as they carried the drunk teenager from party to party, has grown into a complex ring of alleged cover-ups and online hacking. The hacktivist group, Anonymous, has now released a chilling video showing teens making jokes about the alleged August 2012 rape. WATCH VIDEO - WARNING VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED
Trent Mays, 16, and Ma'lik Richmond, 16, both standout football players for the Steubenville Big Red, were arrested on charges of kidnapping and rape stemming from the August 11 incident. The teens were arrested after the girl's parents went to authorities alleged their daughter had been raped. The case against the athletes alleges the kidnapped the drunk girl by taking her to several parties while she was in an almost unconscious state. They are said to have carried her around for most of the night as their "personal rape toy," repeatedly sexually assaulting her.
Authorities in Steubenville say that despite social media content suggesting foul play and numerous teens also alleged to have been at the parties, few witnesses have come forward to offer information about the alleged crimes.
Still those few witnesses, according to the New York Times, claim that Mays and Richmond attempted to coerce the girl into performing oral sex, exposed themselves to her, penetrated her digitally, and exposed her naked body to other partygoers.
Despite the allegations, video and social media content, many members of the Steubenville community, including the school's football coach, have defended the athletes and the fallout from the alleged rape.
The former Steubenville High School student featured in the recently released video linked above posted comments to Twitter on the night of the alleged rape, saying "Song of the night is definitely Rape Me by Nirvana." Another alleged partygoer tweeted at the time of the alleged incident, "I have no sympathy for whores" in addition to posting photos of alleged victim to Instagram.
Mays and Richmond will be tried as juveniles on charges of rape while kidnapping charges have been dropped. A trial date has been set for Feb. 13.