Knowledge is Power
We have been following the Stubenville Rape Trial very closely over the past few months. (Click Here)
A Verdict was handed down in the Stubenville Rape Case. Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmondwere were found guilty. This is a positive step towards justice for the victim. Videos hacked by Anonymous and released to the world indicate that many more were involved but no further charges have been filed…..yet.
CNN’s on-air anchors’ reaction to the verdict was abominable. Objectivity and Journalistic integrity went out the window as they seemed more concerned with the 16 & 17 year old Rapists then they did the 16 year Rape victim because they did not mention her ONCE. This is unacceptable. The rapists had the gall to brag about their crime to friends and tweet about it after the fact.These boys were found guilty by a court of law. They deserve no sympathy, no empathy. Yes, their lives may be ruined as they will forever be labeled as rapists. That is the choice they made when they forced themselves onto the victim.
IMO, CNN should issue a formal apology to the victim and her family. Here is a petition on Change.org to ask CNN to Apologize for its reprehensible attitude and coverage of the case.
**Update 3/20/2013** - While I feel that media is culpable to a certain extent for perpetuating the Rape Culture that we have here in the US and around the world, I think we as free thinking individuals need to focus on changing that culture. We need to do what we can, no matter how big or small, to change our societal views on rape, sex, sexism, victim shaming and gender stereotypes. And I feel the best way to start that is very simple: Respect for your fellow human beings.- ihatepeacocks.com
The City of Steubenville, Ohio was covering up for its Star High School Football Stars who drugged and raped a 16 year old Girl. Then Anonymous stepped in….
End Rape and DO NOT TOLERATE RAPE ENABLERS
***Update 1/06/2013 - I have been asked by many to change the primary photo which the victim is in. I have done this and replaced it with a censored picture in an effort to respect the victim. But please be aware that the Article this is linked to has the picture, although the victim is pixelized.
Here is a petition asking that the offenders be tried as Adults and not in Juvenile Court. ***
‘REVEALED: HOW THE FBI COORDINATED THE CRACKDOWN ON OCCUPY - New documents prove what was once dismissed as paranoid fantasy: totally integrated corporate-state repression of dissent’ - by Naomi Klein:
“The documents, released after long delay in the week between Christmas and New Year, show a nationwide meta-plot unfolding in city after city in an Orwellian world, involving the close partnering of banks, the New York Stock Exchange and at least one local Federal Reserve with the FBI and DHS - “police-statism”:
“FBI documents just obtained by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) … reveal that from its inception, the FBI treated the Occupy movement as a potential criminal and terrorist threat … The PCJF has obtained heavily redacted documents showing that FBI offices and agents around the country were in high gear conducting surveillance against the movement even as early as August 2011, a month prior to the establishment of the OWS encampment in Zuccotti Park and other Occupy actions around the country.”
“This production [of documents], which we believe is just the tip of the iceberg, is a window into the nationwide scope of the FBI’s surveillance, monitoring, and reporting on peaceful protestors organizing with the Occupy movement … These documents also show these federal agencies functioning as a de facto intelligence arm of Wall Street and Corporate America.”
The documents show stunning range: in Denver, Colorado, that branch of the FBI and a “Bank Fraud Working Group” met in November 2011 – during the Occupy protests – to surveil the group. The Federal Reserve of Richmond, Virginia had its own private security surveilling Occupy Tampa and Tampa Veterans for Peace and passing privately-collected information on activists back to the Richmond FBI, which, in turn, categorized OWS activities under its “domestic terrorism” unit. The Anchorage, Alaska “terrorism task force” was watching Occupy Anchorage. The Jackson, Michigan “joint terrorism task force” was issuing a “counterterrorism preparedness alert” about the ill-organized grandmas and college sophomores in Occupy there. Also in Jackson, Michigan, the FBI and the “Bank Security Group” – multiple private banks – met to discuss the reaction to “National Bad Bank Sit-in Day” (the response was violent, as you may recall). The Virginia FBI sent that state’s Occupy members’ details to the Virginia terrorism fusion center. The Memphis FBI tracked OWS under its “joint terrorism task force” aegis, too. And so on, for over 100 pages…”
This should be FRONT PAGE NEWS in every paper in the US.