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Have some class: do your raping in secret

How fucking stupid is this? From the Charleston Gazette:

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The rape of a 16-year-old girl by two football players in eastern Ohio– a case brought to light by social media — is being used by a federal prosecutor to educate athletes in West Virginia about being responsible when texting and making posts on the Internet.

Excuse me? Being responsible when texting and making posts on the Internet? How about being responsible when not raping someone?!

The rape case “definitely played a role in causing us to think, ‘Who do we need to focus upon?” Ihlenfeld told The Associated Press. “We thought, ‘Let’s start calling athletic directors and coaches to see if they’re interested. That investment of time, hopefully, will pay dividends down the road, not only because you hope the kids are going to stay out of trouble. Social media creates so many distractions off the field for coaches. Maybe we can help them avoid that situation, as well.”

Oh right – it’s not the rape that’s the problem, it’s the documenting of it on social media that’s the problem. If only attorneys and coaches can get together and teach jocks to do their raping in secret, then they’ll be helping those nice kids stay out of trouble.

Welcome to rape culture.

There’s an Ultra Violet petition you can sign.

You won’t believe this: In response to the Steubenville, Ohio teen rape case, West Virginia U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld is launching a program to teach high school athletes not to post evidence of rape online.

It’s called “Project Future,” and his goal is to teach teens how to avoid getting in trouble with the law by using cell phones, cameras, and social media “responsibly.” Instead of teaching teens not to rape, the U.S. Attorney wants to teach them not to get caught.

This is rape culture at work: The very people who are in charge of enforcing our laws look at a cruel, brutal attack on a young girl and think, “If only the teens hadn’t posted photographic evidence online.”

If we speak out now, we can make sure the U.S. Attorney scraps this horrible program and launches one that will actually help stop sexual assault. Can you sign the petition?

You can sign it and share it on social media.

Comments

  1. jenBPhillips says

    Well of course, because one of the first lines of attack of many rape apologist shitlords is to ask “Where’s the evidence, huh? HUH???” and dismiss anything that falls short of a video (with audio) recording of the event. Rapists should do right by their apologists and keep their activities offline, just like the good old days.

  2. says

    All kinds of fucked up.

    Actually, it’s so fucked up you can’t even see normally fucked up from where it is. It’s completely over the fucking horizon of fuckedness.

  3. mildlymagnificent says

    I suggest a carton full of “Don’t Be That Guy” posters.

    Stick ‘em up all over the locker rooms. Answer any questions that arise. Job done.

  4. says

    Look, it’s simple. Social media caused those innocent boys to rape that girl, just like video games turn quiet, shy kids into mass killers.

  5. rdmcpeek43 says

    Just received the petition via email and signed it immediately. Please, everyone, sign the petition.

  6. says

    Signed. The only thing the rapists did right was post the evidence online. They’ve also got a petition to help Deric Lostutter, who “hacked” to get the evidence.

  7. F [is for failure to emerge] says

    2,3:

    “Not Even Fucked Up.” I think that’s the name of the locality Marcus is referring to. Or at least as near as I can make it, with my puny, mortal mind. It’s damned ineffable.

  8. says

    Now see? This is the perfect excuse for the burka. These poor children can rape and post all they want with no chance of prosecution.

    ‘Merika, fuck yeah.

  9. says

    I should link to this, every time someone, without irony, asks where the rapists’ parents were, and how we, as a society failed the rapists so fully that they raped. Because, of course, it’s the bright future of athletes we should all be concerned about and when they get caught raping, we clearly didn’t do our job to protect them from being caught.

    Look at the message we send to young men. We tell them not to inconvenience the adults or themselves by being sloppy with their rape technique. Make sure you hide the evidence so we don’t have to deal with those whore women.

    And what message are we giving to potential and actual victims? That their health, wellbeing and bodily autonomy are secondary to the wants of young men. That boys should be able to walk through life taking what they want and its your own fault if you are in his sight line.

  10. left0ver1under says

    Al Dente (#6) –

    We know that guy’s priorities do not include protecting potential rape victims.

    Considering that he’s the local prosecutor, it’s even worse. Any woman living in that area would as likely as not be ignored or cases handled shoddily that no one would ever be convicted of rape. That idiot is as appalling as the gun-toting sheriff from last month.

  11. John Phillips, FCD says

    You know, I’m generally a glass half full kind of guy, but there are times when I read about things like this, and initiated by a bloody prosecutor no less, that the glass appears not only half empty but completely drained.

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