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Video surfaces, rally set for Saturday

January 3, 2013

STEUBENVILLE — A video some say is tied to the upcoming rape trial of two city high school student-athletes went viral Wednesday, just as a planned rally about the trial scheduled for noon Saturday......

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Jan-03-13 2:38 PM

This video is despicable and disgusting, our hearts go out to the young girl and her family.

We call on the school board to suspend Coach Saccoccia for his behavior. The fact that he has refused to take any real disciplinary steps towards the football players that either witnessed or in some way abetted the alleged rape is disturbing, and his treatment of the New York Times journalist who spoke to him about the case is frightening. His actions are indicative of someone who cares more about their win-loss record than about the young people they are supposed to be improving.

We also urge the school board to examine the actions of Superintendent Michael McVey and Principal Shawn Crosier. We are disappointed that they left all disciplinary decisions up to Coach Saccoccia, and the fact that they failed to follow up with any of the students in attendance at the party where the alleged rape occurred is distressing.

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Jan-03-13 2:39 PM

This sad case has all the tell tale signs of an attempted cover-up, and our hearts ache for the victim in this case who has been subjected to undue scrutiny and blame. We hope that the added attention on Steubenville High School will result in justice for the victim, repercussions for the alleged rapists, and accountability for Steubenville officials.

Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511. snapjudy@gmail****, "SNAP (The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) is the world's oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 12,000 members. Despite the word priest in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, teachers, Protestant ministers and increasingly, victims who were assaulted in a wide range of institutional settings like orphanages, summer camps, athletic programs, Boy Scouts, etc."

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Jan-03-13 8:35 PM

I live on the west coast, and am following this story closely as is the rest of the US - smalltown administrators cannot hide and coverup the truth with such a shocking event - find the perps, take them to trial, and let justice determine their fate, not some coach concerned about his reputation.

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Jan-04-13 9:08 PM


Great comments. We now call for you to provide some evidence of the cover-up that is so obvious. Our hearts also ache for the vict. im and cry for justice. Thankfully we live in a country where we have court systems and are not thrown in jail or removed from our jobs based on rumors and comments. Please, as you make these calls enlighten us to your investigative findings of fact on this supposed cover up.

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Jan-04-13 10:16 PM

Every time someone says the word whore, they're really perpetuating the culture of hatred and victims being blamed.

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