So, apparently the US Attorney for West Virginia decided that rather than teaching high school sports players to not rape, the US Attorney’s office should teach them how to get away with rape. Because it’s such a shame that the boys in Steubenville got themselves in trouble with social media.
There’s a petition. But, you can only sign if you live in the US. Which I don’t.
Anyone who thinks rape culture is a myth just needs to look at this case. I’m disgusted. Who the fuck thinks it’s a good idea to teach kids that they can get caught for crimes they commit if they post it to social media?! Isn’t catching rapists a good thing?!
Apparently, U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld thinks it’s a grand idea to teach teenage rapists how to get away with it.
Annnd just in case you think that’s not really what he’s after, here’s a quote from the article:
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, and another:
“We bring the perspective of, ‘OK, if you do this, this is what can happen. We don’t want to see you in court,'” Ihlenfeld said.
Here’s an idea, Mr. US Attorney: How about you teach the boys that if they see a classmate who’s way too drunk, they should take her somewhere safe and not sexually assault her.