Ohio High School Football Players At Center Of Outrage Over Alleged Rape
Shocking, just-released cell phone video has surfaced as high school students laugh and joke about an alleged rape that's taking place in the very next room.
In the video, students can be heard saying, "She is so raped right now." "That's like rape. It is rape. They raped her."
The chilling video is causing national uproar. On CNN, Dr. Drew Pinsky said, "Think about that 12 minute video where young males are laughing about a young woman being dead and raped, and thinking that's funny!"
It happened in the small town of Steubenville, Ohio, where high school football is king and the team known as Big Red is a three-time state champion.
A disturbing photo was posted online showing two star football players holding a possibly unconscious 15-year-old girl like a rag doll at the party last August. Both players have pleaded not guilty to rape charges.
The kid on the video makes a repulsive joke that the girl isn't moving.
"She's deader than OJ's wife. She's deader than Caylee Anthony."
The video was leaked by the hacker group Anonymous, which wears masks right out of the movie V for Vendetta. Anonymous claims there's been a cover up about the case.
"We will not sit by and watch a group of young men who turn to rape as a game or sport and get the pass because of athletic ability and small town luck," said Anonymous in an online video.
The case has divided Steubenville, where protestors wearing V for Vendetta masks claim that local authorities tried to protect the football team from scandal.
"Rape is not a sport," shouted the protestors.
The victim herself has been called a "whore" on Twitter.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine took over the prosecution of the players after local prosecutors recused themselves because of family ties to the football team.
The victim's lawyer, Bob Fitzsimmons says in a statement: "We must remember that the victims are a young teenage girl and her family. Their wish is to see that justice is served so that they can begin to move on with their lives."
Authorities say one young man seen in the video was questioned but not yet charged.