The Steubenville Verdict and Ending Rape Culture

Amazing article! Very well thought out and addresses an important issue that needs change!

Warning: The content below contains information on sexual assault and may be upsetting or a trigger to some people. Please read on with careful consideration and sensitivity. The views expressed in this op-ed do not necessarily reflect those of the “!” Student Newspaper.

In all honesty, I am surprised that the Steubenville rape trial, where two small town high-school football players were convicted for not only sexually assaulting a young girl at a party, but for video-taping it, is still provoking so many heated debates about rape culture and victim-blaming. I was hopeful that after the media was flooded with “legitimate rape” stories thanks to Todd Akin during the 2012 election, people finally understood a very basic concept: rape is rape. That means that no matter who did it, celebrity or football player, who they did it too, drunk girl or valedictorian, or how they committed it, rape is a…

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