STEUBENVILLE, Ohio - A video released this week is drawing widespread attention for its connection to a controversial rape trial in the city of Steubenville in Jefferson County, Ohio.
The vigilante hacktivist group known as Anonymous posted the 12-minute video of Steubenville High School students joking and laughing about the alleged rape of a girl.
One of the teen boys disturbingly describes an abused girl, alluding to her being "deader" than various dead celebrities and public figures. Uproarious laughter is overheard as the teens joke about rape.
The video allegedly references an incident reported to have happened in August. Two Steubenville football players have been charged with rape and kidnapping. The Ohio attorney general's office is handling the prosecution of Trent Mays, 16, of Bloomingdale and Malik Richmond, 16, of Steubenville. The trial is slated to begin Feb. 13 before a visiting judge.
The Herald Star reports Anonymous has scheduled a rally at noon Saturday at the Jefferson County Courthouse.
- Herald Star: "Rally still planned for Saturday" http://www.heraldstaronline.com/page/content.detail/id/581755/Rally-still-planned-for-Saturday.html?nav=5010
- Herald Star: "DeWine, state probing alleged rape case" http://www.heraldstaronline.com/page/content.detail/id/581754/DeWine--State-probing-alleged-rape-case.html?nav=5010
The case garnered the attention of the New York Times in December. The recent posting by Anonymous has put the story and the issues surrounding it on the national media agenda.
- New York Times: "Rape case unfolds online and splits city" (Dec. 17, 2012)
- The Week: "The controversial, Anonymous-leaked video of Steubenville High School athletes mocking a rape victim" (Jan. 4) http://theweek.com/article/index/238386/the-controversial-anonymous-leaked-video-of-steubenville-high-school-athletes-mocking-a-rape-victim