It’s becoming known as the Steubenville rape and indeed, the trial of the Steubenville rapists continues to gather national and international attention.
But it isn’t only Steubenville’s Big Red school football team and its jock culture that are on trial. The Ohio town itself and its people are subjected to the full glare of the unwanted publicity surrounding it.
“Inside the courthouse, a judge is considering whether a 16-year-old girl was so drunk last summer that she couldn’t consent to sex — and whether the boys knew it,” says NPR News.
“But outside, the case continues to spawn debate over teen drinking, sex, football culture and the ability of social media to amplify it all.”
And not only the social media
And among questions which may never be answered: was she rendered completely defenseless against her attackers by rohypnol, the so-called date rape drug which leaves victims helpless and without any memory of events?
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