#Steubenville Rape Victim Receiving Death Threats
The worst is not yet behind the young woman who was raped by two Steubenville High football players in the football obsessed town of Steubenville, Ohio.
CBS News reports that just one day after her rapists, Trent Mays and Ma’Lik Richmond, were convicted, two teens have been arrested for threatening to kill her. Surprisingly, her female peers were behind the threats.
Police say two 16-year-old girls are charged with threatening the girl. They say one of the suspected girls was arrested and the other turned herself in.
Police say one of the girls tweeted a threat to the victim, and they later learned of another threat from a second teen.
In a tweet to the victim, Police say one of the teens wrote, “you ripped my family apart, you made my cousin cry , so when I see you xxxxx, it’s gone be a homicide.”
Police are reportedly investigating whether the threats came from someone with ties to Richmond.
While many let out a huge sigh of relief following yesterday’s guilty verdict, little has been done to address rape culture, nor has the media investigated the harassment victims of rape endure from their communities when they are brave enough to come forward.
There has been speculation that the football team at Steubenville High regularly assaulted and raped drunk girls with absolute impunity. If this is true, there are other victims out there who, after watching the treatment of Jane Doe (that’s what they’re calling the victim to protect her identity) will likely never come forward. Would you come forward in such an environment?
Many people have reacted to the harassment by suggesting that Jane Doe and her family should move away. I understand the sentiment here, but asking her move ignores the role society plays in enabling rape and assumes that her family has the financial resources to pack up and leave. Moving is really only an option for the privileged.
It also puts the onus, once again, on the victim to avoid harassment, just like women are expected to avoid rape, when instead we should be teaching young people not to rape or tolerate their peers when they engage in sexual assault.
Keep in mind that this young woman’s former girl friends turned on her and testified for the defense. She is alone in a town that hates her for telling on their precious football players.