These individuals need the opportunity to heal and connect back into the world. This isn’t who they are. It is only what happened to them. The human spirit is incredibly resilient. More then ever this reaffirms we should never give up hope.Jaycee Dugard’s statement on the release of the Ohio women found last night after then went missing for a decade. The three women—Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight—were reunited with their families this morning after being released from the hospital.
The adults need to take responsibility guide these children. I ask every person listening what if this was your daughter, your sister or your friend? We need to stress the importance of helping those in need and to stand up for what is right. We all have that option to choose. This is the start of a new beginning for my daughter. I ask that you all continue to pray for her and all victims and please respect our privacy as we help our family to heal. Thank you.The mother of the Steubenville rape victim, speaking to Anderson Cooper 360. She also added this: “My family and I are hopeful that we can put this whole ordeal behind us. We need and deserve to focus on our daughter’s future. We hope that from this something good can arise. I feel I have an opportunity to bring an awareness to others, possibly change the mentality of a youth or help a parent to have more of an awareness to where their children are and what they are doing.”
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backyardgoldmine says: I don’t understand why American news organizations are more concerned about the gang rapes that happen in India than the ones that happen here. Like the only articles Shortform Blog have about Stubenville are two articles about Rick Santorum giving a speech there.
» SFB says: We posted an article about Steubenville just a couple of days ago. As far as the case in India, it’s very significant issue culturally in that country and prior cases have led to mass protests. We try to cover issues happening in the U.S. as well as internationally. Fact of the matter: Both cases are worth our time and important to cover. — Ernie @ SFB
There’s an abundance of evidence here that she was making decisions, cognitive choices…She didn’t affirmatively say no.Attorney Walter Madison • Defending Steubenville High football players Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond against charges of rape during a pre-trial hearing. The two high school students stand accusing of repeatedly raping an unidentified 16-year-old female student during a party last year, and are scheduled to begin trial Wednesday to face federal sexual assault charges. Madison argues that the charges were only leveled after the alleged victim’s parents found out what happened, saying the young girl was simply too embarassed to admit there was consent. source
It’s a disgusting video … it’s stupidity. But you can’t arrest somebody for being stupid.Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla • Explaining why no new charges will follow the recently leaked video of former Steubenville High School football player Michael Nodianos making jokes about the alleged rape of an unidentified 16-year-old student. Nodianos’ former teammates Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond are currently the only two people facing charges for the alleged sexual assault, though neither is being tried as an adult. Sheriff Abdalla’s announcement was intensely booed by those gathered for “Occupy Steubenville” on Saturday, and we doubt the decision will do much to alleviate tensions in a town increasingly divided by this controversy. source