In more appalling Steubenville rape trial news… As if two rapists getting intense media sympathy wasn’t enough, it appears the 16-year-old victim has to face cyber bullies too.
Jezebel reports that two teenage girls have been charged with using Facebook and Twitter to threaten the young woman. As if the footage of a group of young men bragging about the rape and CNN seemingly forcing sympathy for the men men that assaulted her wasn’t enough.
The fact that it was two teen girls who were tearing the victim down just goes to show you that women’s cruelty towards one another is sometimes just as powerful as the misogyny at the hands of men.
Attorney General Mike DeWine announced that a 16-year-old girl has been charged with aggravated menacing after weaponizing her Twitter account to threaten the rape victim’s life.
DeWine added that a 15-year-old girl has also been charged with one count of menacing after making a similar threat on Facebook, because nothing cheapens the modern age’s miracles of instant communication more than using them for petty acts of cruelty.
“Let me be clear,” DeWine said. “Threatening a teenage rape victim will not be tolerated. If anyone makes a threat verbally or via the Internet, we will take it seriously, we will find you, and we will arrest you.”
The girls appeared before a juvenile court Tuesday.