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Lessons for all to learn

Judge finds Mays, Richmond delinquent

March 18, 2013

STEUBENVILLE — Everyone involved in the rape case against two Steubenville High School student-athletes said it should be used as a life lesson for parents and teenagers....

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Mar-18-13 11:17 AM

Yes there is a lesson for all to learn, if you rape you go to jail, if you watch an assault and do nothing to prevent it, you go to jail where you belong. The poor me childhood doesn't cut it, lot's and lot's of people grow up in difficult circumstances and they do not go out and rape people. Put these animals in a cage where they belong and put their friends who did nothing but watch, in there with them. They are disgusting to a civilized society.

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Mar-18-13 11:55 AM

They made a wrong choices that night. I strongly believe that with the help of the Agresta's and the community that Malik will take this as a lesson and will become a better man because of it. From the texts that were sent I hope Trent will do the same. This case has opened the eyes hopefully of many of being aware of where their children are at all times and what they are doing on social media. I pray Jane Doe will be able to go back to being just a kid and continue to receive the support she deserves.

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Mar-18-13 12:48 PM

Dear "Jane Doe,"

Please know that this is not your fault. You did nothing wrong. You are a beautiful young woman just beginning to spread her wings and fly.

This event does not define you. There are resources available to you. I am a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and rape.

1:4 girls and 1:6 boys are sexually abused before the age of 18. 90% by someone they know (and trust), 68% by a family member.

But you can survive and thrive. Thank you for your bravery in confronting your abusers.

Roxine Behrens President, Tree-Climbers (dot) org

Roxine (at) tree-climbers (dot) org

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Mar-18-13 1:09 PM

The victim had been intentionally drugged with a "date rape" intoxicant. Heinous, simply heinous. So many depraved people in one town. Get them, AG Dewine! Get them all!

*********** Scroll down to Steubenville...

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Mar-18-13 1:40 PM

RPG0340 says that Richmond and son should be behind bars but very strangely he makes no mention that young Mays should be there, too!? Sounds like RPG0340 is an ugly racist. Shameful.

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Mar-18-13 2:22 PM

Moral training, right from wrong, We need to stop this mindless group conformity/peer pressure. The schools should be highlighting with regular attention and awards to students who showed moral leadership and didn't follow the crowd.

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Mar-18-13 3:25 PM

Even the the staff at the Ivy league school at Penn State couldn't get away with their little conspiracy to cover up endangerment of a child, obstruction of justice, and criminal conspiracy. No difference here. The coaches, the Principal, members of staff, parents. Round them up!

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Mar-18-13 3:54 PM

Needless to say there are many persons praying for not only the victim, but the defendants, their families, friends and the whole Ohio Valley. I am so glad to hear of all of the support for the victim. As a past victim of sexual assault I know the feelings of shock, humiliation, shame, fear and unbelief she is still going through.I pray that the defendants will come to true repentance and ask God's forgiveness for their sexual assault of this young woman.A lot of soul-searching needs to be done by everyone involved in both the sexual assault, the recording of the assault and the continued refusal to acknowledge and or report the sexual assault. Rather than letting this heinous crime destroy them, they can be a force for good in the world by speaking out and working toward eliminating teenage rape, teenage drunkness and accountability regardless of peer pressure. My love and prayers to the Ohio Valley.

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Mar-18-13 4:09 PM

Ok, these two boys are guilty as charged; now the grand jury; what about the nearly 400,000 texts, 1000's of pictures and videos; where are the morals of those people?

If if the young man was charged with sending nude pictures; how many of those 400,000 texts were sent over phones that had nude photos?

Many folks are going to be introuble if AG DeWine has any bells.

Next contributors to the delinquency.

Then those who were adults and knew and did not report; plus those who knew and are required by law to report.

IT AIN'T over.

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Mar-18-13 4:18 PM

Once again, the power and the aura surrounding football catapults a small Ohio town into national attention. We all know that Steubenville is merely an example of how school administrators, football coaches, and probably influential donors can elevate themselves above justice and fairness. If there was a "cover up" (which appears highly likely) how can the people to whom we entrust our children not know right from wrong, not know ethical behavior from hiding behind the shadows of a cavalier and evil mindset? There may a positive outcome, as Steubenville will now be the "poster city" for all those small "Friday Night Light's" communities. If a Grand Jury convenes, the nation will be closely watching the legal process and how the town's citizenry are able to accept (and grow from) this horrific incident. Hopefully, America will also grow from what happened in Steubenville, OH! Residing in AZ/CO, I certainly will be watching.

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Mar-18-13 7:40 PM

I find the sympathetic reporting on the convicted rapists by the media (local and national) on Sunday absolutely disgusting! I don't know which court room reporter started it but it clearly infected all of them who where there like a virus. Nearly every story to come out of Steubenville by Sunday evening sounded exactly the same. Perhaps the journos lost their objectivity and were unprofessionally moved by crocodile tears. If these boys had never been caught, tried and convicted, they would probably be partying Irish hard this weekend instead of crying fake apologies in a court room to a girl's family.

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Mar-18-13 7:47 PM

The grand standing of the lawyer and father was entertaining.

Apparently it worked on the judge.

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Mar-18-13 10:31 PM

Lessons? Since Jeff Baire got terminated for his unfortunate dui charge, will the girls that admitted to underage drinking at various times in a court of law be given the same treatment? What is fair? Do we give some a chance and not others?

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Mar-19-13 1:21 AM

GerriM, Mays should be there too! It has nothing to do with racism. I simply made a statment highlighting how soft the justice system is. It is people just like you that enjoy indulging in playing the race card. Before tossing around the race card how about understanding what was posted before making a judgment.

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Mar-19-13 3:28 AM

These two boys and their Rape Crew are sociopaths. They were smirking and smiling all through the trial. I have no sympathy for these rapists and no lessons will be learned as they don't believe what they did was rape or that violating unconscious girls ( they did this to more than one victim) is wrong.

This town is morally bankrupt, the fact Coach Rino is not fired proves this town is worthless.

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Mar-19-13 3:52 AM

One of the most unfair trials in Ohio history.

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Mar-19-13 4:00 AM

This incident was orchestrated from the beginning...and Mike DeWine continues to exploit the social mobbery and momentum that organized itself agains the defendants in the early days of this public lie. Was it not the accuser who invited the two defendants via text? And for those of you who contend she was drugged - was it not the accuser who voluntarily consumed alcohol? You think she was there to talk about the Super Bowl?

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Mar-19-13 4:16 AM

...and if the corrupt A.G. of the State of Ohio fails to pursue those threats made against the two innocent boys and their families - he can be held negligent and liable for that as well.

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Mar-19-13 7:40 AM

Obviously the two teenage girls in custody for the twitter death threat didn't get the message from the Judge and AG Mike DeWine. The AG needs to bring the Steubenville Cesspool rape and deep coverup to justice. Go get 'em Mike!

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Mar-19-13 9:35 AM

Duane-Did you not see the pile of evidence against the defendants? Within hours of the incident, they were seeking help from their peers via text because they knew they were in trouble. If you believe the defense team didn't stand a chance, you'd be right. Not because the defendants had the case stacked against them by others....they gave the prosecution the case, hand-wrapped. Rather than take this situation for individuals involved in this case and members of the community as an opportunity to reflect on the state of the culture and ways to prevent anything like this from occurring again, some individuals want to point fingers and place blame. More people shared guilt than the ones who stood trial. Yes, even Jane Doe was guilty of a crime that evening. But by no means is she responsible for the overall events of that night. A lack of good decisions by adolescents, parents and surrounding community members led to where Steubenville and Weirton are now.

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Mar-19-13 10:26 AM

Am so so very happy that these sociopaths are in jail. Every single boy and girl who was complicit and didn't stop them and shared child *********** of the rape victim should be arrested. The horrible coach should be FIRED!!!! How are all of you residents of this town not ASHAMED???? Rape culture and victim blaming have been all over this town and state and it is DISGUSTING. How about you don't raise your sons to hate women and rape, why don't you actually teach them to be decent human beings and not followers. It is disgusting and I am ashamed of every single person who is associated with any of these horrible children, the town, and especially the football team. It should reflect poorly on you as a parent, YOUR KID DOESN'T KNOW ENOUGH NOT TO RAPE!!!!

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Mar-19-13 11:03 AM

Not all of the residents of the area support the raping sociopaths. There are also many of us that do not blame the victim. There are also people that agree that the coach should be fired. Then there are people that believe the athletic programs should be suspended as punnishment for the cover up. However, not everyone shares one or all of these views and it is unfortunate that those opinions are overshadowed by the sport fanatic majority.

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Mar-19-13 1:39 PM

RPG0340 Mar-19-13 1:21 AM Agree | Disagree

GerriM, Mays should be there too! It has nothing to do with racism. I simply made a statment highlighting how soft the justice system is. It is people just like you that enjoy indulging in playing the race card. Before tossing around the race card how about understanding what was posted before making a judgment. "

I am simply calling you on what you wrote. So be honest your comment left out Mays. so don't blame me, you are the one who didn't include him.

It is people just like you that enjoy indulging in playing the race card. NO I WAS SIMPLY CORRECTING YOU; I WAS NOT INDULGING IN PLAYING THE RACE CARD.

Own up to the fact that you left Mays out and for that reason I corrected you and none other. Don't play "the indulging in race card" cop out!

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Mar-19-13 1:41 PM

Fire the coach without further ado and throw him and the rest in jail.

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Mar-19-13 1:46 PM

RPG0340 writes that Richmond and his father should be in prison but makes no mention of Mays. So I call him on that. Then he says" " Mays should be there too! It has nothing to do with racism." Well, he wasn't so that is why I called you on it.

Then he says I am playing the race card!! How is that playing the race card?? Don't blame me, PG, for YOUR own mistake.

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