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Everything You Need to Know About Steubenville

Trigger Warning for Rape

I failed to cover this story a few weeks ago when it was just becoming widely known, but the rape of a high school girl in Steubenville, OH is now a national story. The Atlantic Wire lists all the known facts and semi-facts of the case, starting with the basics:

Back on the night of August 11, the alleged victim was at an end-of-summer party and had a lot to drink, police said, when Trent Mays and Malik Richmond allegedly approached her: “Richmond was behind her, with his hands between her legs, penetrating her with his fingers, a witness said,” reported the The Times.

(The Times, in this case, is The New York Times, which ran a story on the case in December.)

Alexander Abad-Santos’ coverage for The Atlantic Wire takes quite a bit of time to read, but it portrays rape culture at its finest. This is what we’re up against.