If your child is young enough to believe this, they’re probably also young enough to stick their hand in and eat jellybeans straight from the toilet.
In Torrington, CT, two football players have been accused of rape, and as the Register Citizen reports, the 13-year-old reported victim has faced significant bullying on Twitter ever since.
Two Torrington High School football players stand accused of sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl. Four others were suspended in a hazing scandal last fall that is still under investigation. One player, the team’s second-highest scorer last fall, was allowed to play even though the team’s coach knew he had been charged with felony robbery and assault.
School officials claim that the sexual assault charges against 18-year-olds Edgar Gonzalez and Joan Toribio, the hazing and other incidents are isolated problems and don’t signal a deeper issue with the culture of Torrington High School, its athletic programs or football team.
But on social media in recent weeks, dozens of athletes and Torrington High School students, male and female, have taunted the 13-year-old victim, calling her a “whore,” criticizing her for “snitching” and “ruining the lives” of the 18-year-old football players, and bullying students who defend her.
Extremely tough read. A number of tweets are republished behind the link.
"I was raped by four men in one evening. I got drunk and tried to say no. What did my predators do? They told me to drink more. They shoved a bottle in my face and told me to keep drinking. Drink till I was drunk enough to fuck them. I blacked out. They urinated on me. They assaulted me. They shoved foreign objects in my body, anally and vaginally. They took videos. I was just 16 years old. The video was sent around my entire school, and I was bullied every single day of my senior year of high school. I lost all of my friends. I was physically and verbally abused by peers and people I once called friends. Someone tried to set me on fire in the hallway during passing period. Nobody sympathized with me. Nobody cared about the fact that because of these events, I was trying to kill myself every single day. I was cutting myself, making myself puke, showering upwards of fifteen times a day because I felt filthy. I was scratching and peeling the skin off of my body because I was dirty. I looked at myself like I deserved what I got. The world saw me as dirty, so I began to see myself that way, too. My rapists were praised by my peers for their deed. I never had a voice. When I first learned about the Steubenville incident going to trial, I was overjoyed. Because Jane Doe’s story was my story, and if anyone deserved justice, it was her. She would get the justice I never got. She would change the tide of the rape culture movement. Despite the horrific events that occurred, I knew that the justice served would help ease her pain. But she didn’t get justice, and now she has to witness this news coverage, favoring and sympathizing with her attackers. Pain is not an accurate word to describe what she is feeling right now. Pain is the simplest term you could use. As a rape victim and an aspiring journalist, I am disgusted with the way this case was reported on. Jane Doe’s rapists deserve their suffering in prison. They deserve more. They do not deserve to be sympathized with. They made their stupid decision, and they deserve whatever consequences come their way. If you don’t want to be labeled as a rapist, don’t fucking rape."
Anonymous comment left on the CNN petition demanding they apologize for sympathizing with the Steubenville rapists (via theworldmaybebroken)
I’ve had a hard time looking at Tumblr the past couple days because of the constant reminder of this fucked up media sympathy situation. It turns my stomach. I’ve had people close to me suffer sexual assault and then had people they love tell them they “deserved it” because of what they were wearing or what they were doing. This is the culture we live in? That we should naturally assume and believe that all men are disgusting pigs just WAITING for an opportunity to take advantage of someone? No one “deserves” to be raped. That is repulsive. Everyone keeps talking about the misogyny in this situation and our culture (which is fucking obvious to anyone who has a functioning brain) but there’s also an extreme level of misandry that I have yet to read about, that every male is a villainous monster and we should OBVIOUSLY ASSUME they are going to hurt us if we flirt with them and wear a short skirt. That we are taught and reminded on a daily basis to think so lowly of men is horribly insulting to them.
(Source: , via juliavickerman)