I would like to pass a word of thanks to the whistle-blowing-shady-lady-exposing-good-man-group, anonymous. It warms the cockles of my pessimistic heart to see protests being formed over the rape of a 16 year old girl. The outcry is by far, one of the largest I’ve seen. It’s turning my frown upside down and making me want to give social media a pat on the back.
If you don’t know what happened, here’s the rundown. A bunch of football-playing masochists decided to drug, rape and videotape and unconscious and helpless teenage girl. All the while cracking jokes about it. Here’s a video:
I’m telling you people, if you have a daughter, teach her martial arts and how to handle a knife. This kind of devil-may-care attitude towards violence and degradation of women makes me hope that if I ever have kids, I give birth to a son. I can’t imagine bringing a little lady-tiger into a world where gang rape is a contact-sport. Thank Goodness for groups like anonymous because without them, we would have never known this incident had occurred. What makes me feel good about this situation is the public’s reaction to it. Everyone seems to be a bit more horrified this time around then the average of 207,754 REPORTED victims that are sexually assaulted every year; rapes are down by 60% since when I was growing up. Back then you usually blamed the victim for being a tad too slutty or in the wrong place at the wrong time. That type blame-victim thinking has recycled itself with Steubenville case. I won’t even highlight some of the comments that have been made in the social-media stratosphere. Let’s just say I wouldn’t have any of the comment-makers over to my house for tea. Twitter actually suspended the occupy-Steubenville account (scroll down for the story on that smooth-move).
When I watch this video, I can’t help but wonder where these boys got such a sociopathic perspective? What are the coaches teaching these kids? That have physical prowess is a guaranteed-green light-to-go card? That what disturbs me the most. No one did anything. No one stopped anything even though they clearly knew what was going on. Maybe I’m old for saying this but when did we become so apathetic, so dis-involved, so uneasier to help the helpless around us? That’s a broad-ass term that doesn’t apply to most – just these guys? Who are their parents and why aren’t their parents teaching them a thing or two about how to treat a lady? When gang-rape becomes a joke it time for some reexamination. It seems these days, there’s a lot of that going on.