Ohio rape case: While victim suffered, others texted

  • Article by: Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial
  • Updated: March 25, 2013 - 10:50 AM

The story of an Ohio teenager who passed out drunk at a party and was sexually assaulted by two high school football players has captivated America because much of it is familiar.

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owatonnabillMar. 25, 13 6:10 AM

The wrong people were punished. This is as clear a case of parental failure and neglect as there ever was. This situation should never have been allowed to develop in the first place.

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pumiceMar. 25, 13 7:47 AM

Re: "The wrong people were punished." Who should have been punished instead of the rapists, owatonnabill? Their parents? Every parent who had allowed his/her teen to go to the party? Every parent who had enabled his/her teen to own a cell phone and a cell phone contract? Every parent who has not explicitly informed his/her son that rape is always wrong?

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phatcatpatMar. 25, 1310:46 AM

pumice: last week you posted that if your gun was stolen you are responsible for the crime committed by the person that stole it. So, why shouldn't the parents be responsible if their kids are out drinking and commit a crime?

And recently many posters here claimed that if your gun is stolen from your home and later used in a crime you should be held responsible for the crime. They have started blaming victims! Will they do it here? Will they blame this poor girl because she was drunk? I hope not!

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pumiceMar. 25, 1311:06 AM

Re: "[L]ast week you posted that if your gun was stolen you are responsible for the crime committed by the person that stole it." You are attributing the statement to the wrong person, phatcatpat. Moreover, your logic is as faulty as your memory.

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mamazogMar. 25, 1312:15 PM

With the advent of cell phones, teens can keep in touch with parents without disclosing where they are. To blame the parents for "allowing" their children to attend the party is a dog that won't hunt. Most parents do their best to keep tabs on their teens without locking them in their rooms. More disturbing is the voyeuristic culture that is developing. How is it all right to stand around and watch people having sex, consensual or not, at such a tender age? Unsettling.

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omakristyMar. 25, 1312:42 PM

The right parties were tried and convicted of sexual assault. The fact that they didn't consider their actions to be assault is unsettling. The fact that there were numerous witnesses who took the time to record the assault and to text others about the assault, as well as sending comments via social media about the assault is also unsettling. The assault of intoxicated young person is never entertainment, it isn't ok and it's alarming that none of the observers thought to contact an authority, i.e., a parent, a coach, a cop, is also alarming. Lots of tough conversations need to take place in every home to let our young people know that sexual assault is wrong. I mean it.

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pumiceMar. 25, 1312:59 PM

TAKE FOUR... According to GlobalPost, "Ford has issued an apology after running a print campaign in India that featured three women bound and gagged in the back of one of its Figo cars, driven by a smirking Silvio Berlusconi. (It's something to do with having extra trunk space, apparently.)"

Should Ford be punished for its contribution to the rape culture, owatonnabill?

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pumiceMar. 25, 13 1:07 PM

Regarding parental responsibility: Thumper5316 used to advise the young women her sons brought home to "keep their knees together." Perhaps she should have advised her sons to swaddle their loins in layers and layers of duct tape....

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khoffman11Mar. 25, 13 2:03 PM

The right people were punished legally, of course, but this is nevertheless a huge moral failure on the part of the parents. Not just the parents of the young men, but all the witnesses, who were never taught what rape is and thought it was okay to take pictures and make jokes about this young woman's situation rather than help her or at least step outside the party to call the police. This comes from spending our time teaching women how to avoid situations where they might be raped, and not enough time teaching men not to rape. The result is a tendency to blame the victim. That said, although the media coverage of this terrible crime has been mixed at best (I'm sure everyone has seen the CNN reporter discussing the tragedy of what has befallen the rapists), it has started an important conversation and I hope that many parents of teenagers use this as a teaching moment.

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firefight41Mar. 25, 13 2:31 PM

The right people were punished legally, of course, but this is nevertheless a huge moral failure on the part of the parents. Not just the parents of the young men, but all the witnesses, who were never taught what rape is and thought it was okay to take pictures and make jokes about this young woman's situation rather than help her or at least step outside the party to call the police. ***************** Says a lot about the mindset of this nation.

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