Court attendees were today astounded as they heard text messages that a 16 year old girl at the center of the Steubenville rape case passed on with a male friend in which she expressed her fear that she had been raped whilst unconscious after a night of heavy drinking.
Wrote the girl: ‘OMG please tell me this isn’t f***ing true.’ She pleaded: ‘You couldn’t have told them to stop or anything?’
Went on to text the girl:
“Swear to God I don’t remember doing anything with them,” girl wrote in one text message to a boy who authorities say witnessed the assaults.
“I wasn’t being a slut,” she wrote in another text to the boy. “They were taking advantage of me.”
The court also came to hear how one of the defendants used his hand to penetrate the 16-year-old in a text message.
In an effort to downplay the previous evening’s activities, Trent Mays, quarterback of the school team ‘Big Red,’ also went on to text the following:
“Just say she came to your house and passed out.”
The two defendants at the center of the Steubenville rape case, Mays, 17 and 16-year-old wide receiver Ma’Lik Richmond have been charged with using their hands to penetrate the girl from a nearby West Virginia community, first in the back seat of a moving car after a party Aug. 11 and then in the basement of a house.
Mays also faces a child pornography charge because he took photos of the victim that were later circulated on social media.
To date witnesses have also told how the girl was so drunk that she vomited and had trouble speaking and walking. The girl’s text messages also implied that she had been drugged that night last summer. Defense lawyers on the other hand have countered that the sexual contact was consensual.
The incident which is said to have occurred last August in the town of Steubenville, Ohio has generated vast media attention as assertions that the town officials chose to cover up the alleged incident in order to preserve the school football team from criticism. After coming to attention of hacker group anonymous and local bloggers the case served to highlight misogynist attitudes towards women in the community as well as raise concerns as to the perception of women and the ease at which they can be vilified at almost no impunity.
Adding to the furore is the perception amongst many that the young girl tacitly participated in the sexual activities and later decided to recant her participation for fear of being branded a ‘slut.’
Equally traumatizing has been the response of some of the witnesses of the event or who at least came to find out about it who went on to blame the 16 year old girl for her own assault and humiliate the girl in question, suggesting to a larger degree undercurrent themes and perceptions of an adolescent community that still perceives women as objects who are fair game and willing participants in their own demise whilst on the other hand forgiving the boy’s for simply doing what it is that boys are suppose to do.