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Guys, Read and Please Share – Video Response to Steubenville Rape

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Last week I watched 20/20 in absolute horror.  They were doing a feature on the Steubenville, Ohio rape trial.  I watched in shock as I heard the story of how two high school football players not only sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl – but how they had then sent pictures of her naked in text messages to their friends, and posted a horrible video on You Tube saying “that girl is totally raped” as they joked with their friends. All of this happened at a party where they had been drinking, and no one stepped in and helped the girl who was passed out and unresponsive.  The teen girl pieced together the night’s events from Twitter, Instagram photos, a YouTube video, text messages and witnesses.

Trent Mays, 17, and Ma’lik Richmond, 16, were both sentenced to at least one year in juvenile jail and could be held until they are 21 years old. Mays was sentenced to an additional year for a charge related to distributing nude images of a minor.

Obviously this is not ok for so many reasons.  We need to figure out a way to educate the youth of America.  With social media, and everyone having a camera at their disposal at all times with their cell phones – more conversations with teens need to be had.  An anti-rape video posted online by a University of Oregon sophomore in reaction to the rape trial has gone viral. The video filmed by 19-year-old Samantha Stendal shows a woman passed out on a couch and a man who looks into the camera and says, “Hey bros, check who passed out on the couch. Guess what I’m gonna do to her?” He then puts a pillow under her head, covers her with a blanket, places a mug beside her and says, “Real men treat women with respect.” Let’s SHARE this video as much as possible, it’s time for change.

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