Following the Steubenville rape trial, we now have a report of high school football players in Connecticut accused of sexually assaulting two 13-year old girls. We won’t of course know whether they are guilty or not until the trial but once again we have the awful spectacle of people in the community attacking one of the victims.
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.
The Onion back in 2011 had a parody of this whole mentality of coaches and community members and media who sympathize with the trouble the perpetrators of sexual crimes go through as a result of their own actions, provided they are star athletes. It is one of those parodies that make you angry rather than laugh.
(Via Nicole Belle.)