Get involved as CNN introduce our two lovable, promising, academic and, wow- apologetic RAPISTS who have been convicted of raping a teenage girl at a series of parties over their fun-filled summer holidays. The crime, which is explained by CNN’s Poppy Harlow as rape ‘occurring after a heavy night of partying,’ was photographed by 17 year-old Trent Mays, one of the bashful criminals. The photograph of the sixteen year old unconscious and naked victim was used in evidence against them. The rapists were also involved in a web of text messages that went into graphic detail about what the crime entailed.
Aside from the alcohol, which is a ‘huge part in this story,’ several other excuses are made for the weary sex offenders. The younger of the criminals, 16 year-old Ma’lik Richmond, has an almost moving moment in court as his father leans over and whispers, ‘I love you’ into his son’s ear. Apparently, the other criminal was heard to retort something along the lines of, ‘Golly I have never heard my good friend and successful football player Ma’lik Richmond’s ex-alcoholic father say he loves him before! That must be at least part of the reason why we raped that teenage girl and destroyed her life!’ CNN have made some kind of a tear-jerker feature out of this irrelevant moment and I must say, I am quite fucking touched. Check out the report below:
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At the end of the report Paul Callan wonders what is going to happen after these two life-destroyers have served their weighty one and two-year prison sentence. ‘The most severe thing with these young men is being labelled as registered sex offenders (…) that will haunt them for the rest of their lives. Employers when they look into their backgrounds, will see that they are registered sex offenders (…) neighbours will know that they are registered sex offenders.’ It does seem a shame for these men, who stood every chance in life to have taken a decision that will perhaps hamper them when they want to, for example, work in a school with young women. Like the one that they brutally raped repeatedly. It may be very embarrassing for them when they are asked by a neighbour or the man who works in the off licence if they were involved in a hideous rape case some years before. But, personally, I can’t help but wonder about how the life of the young girl who has had her life forcefully destroyed, who made no bad decision, who is entirely innocent and who was barely mentioned in this news report might turn out.
The Onion uploaded a parody of the US media’s coverage and perception of rape crimes when they involve white, middle class, athletic students with high GPA’s back in 2011, which seems to eerily foreshadow CNN’s coverage of the Steubenville rape trial. Check it out below:
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