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Local rally focuses on ’01 assault

March 11, 2013

Members of Amerisec, a subgroup of the Internet activist organization Anonymous, rallied in front of the Washington County Courthouse Sunday in support of a woman who says she was raped by fellow......

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mattelliott

Mar-11-13 6:58 AM

Must be a slow news day in Marietta, when this rally makes the front page. At least it provides welcome relief from the "money pit intersection" stories.

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exofDevola

Mar-11-13 9:21 AM

So sad for ms Stevenson to have the courage to reopen her case, only to find the rape kit is missing . Similarities between this case and the Steubenville one are striking. This young woman went to a party was given a drug, raped by athletes, then continued to be terrorized as if the crime was her fault . Her family had to move away. This happened in in 2001 after date rape became widely published . It is a shame the police could not have found evidence then ,because with the rape kit missing, it does not look like much will be done .Maybe one of the perpetrators will have a conscience, and confess. Sometimes bringing an old case forward will make people talk and remember. Hopefully this will be a good thing for this cold case.

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MartyMarachino

Mar-11-13 10:13 AM

I'm confused. Why Marietta? It didn't happen here, the victim wasn't from here, no one from Washington County was involved. Awareness is always lovely, but people will get the idea that our courts and law enforcement did her wrong.

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JoshBrown

Mar-11-13 11:07 AM

Where are the parents at when all this is going on ? Gee I will let my daughter dress like stripper then send her off to a party with alcohol and guys..........

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letsbereal

Mar-11-13 11:13 AM

@mattelliot if this is your idea of a welcome relief, i pity you. this is a sad, sad lost story. i'm glad she was able to continue her life. i just wish these perps could get what they deserve. a confession is highly unlikely, especially if they know there is no evidence against them.

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truthandbelieve

Mar-11-13 11:16 AM

Josh, yes I agree about where are the parents, but to say a girl dresses like a stripper... How somebody dresses has nothing to do with rape.. what is wrong with you men!!! Shame !

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clickhere

Mar-11-13 11:30 AM

Hurrah for Amanda, what courage you have. Finally these men have no power over her now. Hopefully justice will be served and she can finally heal.

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bmcdresson

Mar-11-13 11:33 AM

The question 'why Marietta?' naturally arises. Well, consider that, finding little or not support in her community, Ms. Stevenson found support in Washington County, so she took it. It is encouraging to see some of these comments, and shows that people understand the problem- i.e. athletes on a pedestal, poor investigation techniques, poor record-keeping, indifference to the plight of victims, on the part of law enforcement and the community. Considering the 5% convicition rate, we might ask "Why make rape illegal if we are not going to prosecute it? Now, let's take steps to change this state of affairs in Ohio, the US, and the world.

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exofDevola

Mar-11-13 11:45 AM

Josh how do you know what the girl was wearing? And what difference would she wore, rape is not allowed in any case.Lets say she went to this after the whatever game took place,and it was a cheer -leading outfit. Does this mean she was dressed like a stripper? That is so lame.

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WhatsTheDiscussionAbout

Mar-11-13 11:58 AM

I'm in agreement Marty. Why would Washington County be involved with this. Don't we have issues here we need to worry about? I'm sure the guys who done this horrible act have done burt those brain cells, and won't even remember who she is. I do hope they catch them, but the likely hood of doing so is slim.

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SurvivorSpeaks

Mar-11-13 12:17 PM

I am happy to answer the question of why I came to Marietta: 1) I was invited to come. I'm a supporter of Anonymous. I support Anonymous in their efforts to end rape culture, as well as there other efforts, such as OpELE (Operation Everyone Love Everyone). The point is to help others and to show you care about fellow humanity...regardless of race, gender or economic status. 2) My rape happened in Hocking County, but rape generally happens everywhere. The statistics are outrageous. As I've begun advocating for change with the way rape cases are handled, I have been astounded by the # of victims out there, most never speaking out. (1/2)

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SurvivorSpeaks

Mar-11-13 12:21 PM

(2/2) But- more important, even to me, than my own personal case and achieving justice there...is to be an example. I want other girls to know they aren't alone, whether in Hocking or Washington county. I have been calling out to victims-telling them that if they tell me where they are and that they want to speak out, I'll travel to them and stand along w/them. I want ppl to stop evading that this happens, everywhere... This isn't just about me, it's about all of us. Our daughters, sisters, mothers and the men we're raising who can help keep them safe, not compromise their safety. I will be in Steubenville on Friday, I'll be back in Marietta, I'll be ralllying in DC and every other town in this country until our justice system starts prosecuting rapist and treating victims fairly. We all should be doing this together.

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SurvivorSpeaks

Mar-11-13 12:29 PM

BTW- for those of you who do have questions or concerns about my presence there, and in other cities, or rape culture generally...please feel free to contact me. Come to the next rally in Marietta, come to Steubenville. I won't be wearing a mask, you can easily find me and I'm happy talk w/absolutely anyone.

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exofDevola

Mar-11-13 1:00 PM

Good for you survivor ,by speaking out I think it helps people see there still is problem in the way rape victims are treated. I hope by drawing public awareness to what happened to you , you will be able to help other victims. You are very brave. Bless you.

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bmcdresson

Mar-11-13 1:01 PM

Hearing the old, tired 'blame the victim' argument makes my stomach hurt- the idea that based on what a woman is wearing, a man will or will not be held responsible for his actions. If a woman is dressed a certain way, then she is fair game to be raped, JoshBrown? Similar arguments are used in Saudi Arabia to defend rapists.

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truthandbelieve

Mar-11-13 1:11 PM

Survivor, good luck with your journey.

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WhatsTheDiscussionAbout

Mar-11-13 3:52 PM

Interesting point of views Survivor Speaks. I do tend to think what you are doing is a great thing for the people who are affected to such a thing as rape. I was curious on why Washington County invited to you hold a relay in regarding to this, and I can see why now. I wish you only luck in your travels, and explain it doesn't just happen to women, men can be affected just the same. Keep your head up, as it seems you are doing a fine job doing so.

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JoshBrown

Mar-11-13 4:47 PM

I'm going to to stick with my first comment about where are the parents at in all of this. I might have been over the top about the dressed like a stripper part.Rape is a crime and No means NO. I'm not trying to make excuses for the scumbags that commit rape.Parents should know where their kids are and not let them underage drink.Bad things happen to people young and old that drink.

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exofDevola

Mar-11-13 6:17 PM

Josh so you think you might have been over the top about the stripper comment?Really ? I did not notice you commenting about how anyone else there was dressed. And how would you know unless you were there?. I have no idea how old you are ,whether you are a parent or not, but when you have teenagers, they actually sometimes try to put something over on you. They are supposed to be at a movie but somehow ended up in another place. This happens /always has always will. Teenagers will test the limits and experiment ,and as much as you think you can keep them from underage drinking, you are naive to think because you say not to ,they won't. You cannot be with a teenager 24/7. It just does not work that way.It is a hard age. Thank goodness they grow up. To infer this girl was dressed like a stripper and her parents were lax, is to excuse what happened, which is simple blame the victim mentality.So wrong!

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clickhere

Mar-11-13 7:00 PM

EXOFDEVOLA....Very well said! Our, Dear JoshBrown better lock all of his children up and release them when their 35....he hasn't a clue. I'd almost like to be a fly on his living room wall one day. He's gonna flip a lid for sure and big time!

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championforwomen

Mar-11-13 9:22 PM

Thank goodness people are standing behind the victim. To many victims are ignored or re-victimized. Ohio seems to have a lot of problems with sexual assault, and no justice. It seems acceptable, possibly because of the large number of former military, which have huge problems. ***********theusmarinesrape****/FaceBook.html

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localcolor

Mar-11-13 11:50 PM

Men do not understand the level that the threat of rape and/or assault affects females in our daily lives.I wonder how many men can understand that we women do not often feel safe walking through a parking lot, nor can we even believe that our safety lies in numbers. We think about the consequences of being alone because too often we pay for it by being attacked and many times over because we get blamed for it. How dare we think we could be safe? Until society starts seeing with open eyes how females are viewed,not much will change. I hope that because of people like SurvivorSpeaks have the courage to confront their attackers and the lies the attackers have too long hidden behind, my daughters won't live in fear.

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JoshBrown

Mar-12-13 7:39 AM

Everyday when I wake up knowing I have the freedom to say anything I want and I can't being suppressed by the mob. I Thank GOD I live in America !!

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SurvivorSpeaks

Mar-12-13 1:26 PM

Oh dear Josh...I don't think "the mob" is attempting to "surpress" you from speaking your mind at all. Every day I wake up and realize that I get the chance to have conversations w/people who disagree w/me and we can exchange ideas w/a mind toward understanding, learning and improving, and with respect for the others opinion (and it is a show of respect to disagree by showing alternatives, as opposed to being dismissive or defensive)...as opposed to hating and fighting...well, that's what makes me happy to be in America.

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WhatsTheDiscussionAbout

Mar-13-13 8:23 AM

I do want to comment about Josh's statements about how the way kids dress these days. When you wear clothes that barely cover your body, and flaunt around like your a spice girl of the past, what do you think sick men think. I'm not saying dress like an Amish women, but we really need to make kids dress like kids, and not a 21 y/o. It doesn't give the right to harass or even rape somebody, but it sometimes gives a bad vibe towards people to think that way.

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