Victim Blaming: Convicted rapist? Don’t worry, CNN will show you sympathy.

Some of you may have been following this story, but either way, it’s interesting that CNN have chosen to focus their coverage on “the promising lives of two “star” football player boys”  whose lives have been utterly ruined by a shocking verdict, instead of reporting on the relief or justice applied to the victim at the end of a gruelling, publicly, humiliating case that’s been going for seven long months.

Trent Mays, 17, and Ma’lik Richmond, 16, were found guilty of raping a drunk 16-year-old girl during a series of end-of-summer parties in August 2012.

Of course, the defence team mounted their case by victim blaming, the usual way out for cases like this.

Maybe the girl wanted it! Maybe it was actually consensual. Can the victim and her team prove beyond reasonable doubt that it was forced, that it was not consensual?

But honestly, to me the more shocking thing here is CNNs utter bias. Here is a channel that supposedly reports unbiased, journalistic news.

The stance the channel takes in is that the boys were star students and star football players with such promising futures that have now been “destroyed” because of this “tragic event” that has ruined their lives. It doesn’t talk about the victim, nor the justice being served, nor the sickness or details of the crime that warrants this verdict. It doesn’t indicate any confidence in the justice system, just that these poor boys must now be labelled rapists for the rest of their lives. How unfair. All they did was a little itty bitty raping, after all.

Please watch the video below and you’ll see what I mean:

“These two young men who had such promising futures — star football players, very good students — literally watched as they believed their life fell apart.”

Poppy Harlow,  CNN.

This is an unbelievable cavalier attitude about rape, especially for a public news broadcaster to present to the masses.

Here are the facts: there were witnesses, countless text messages, Tweets, gossip and chatter about the parties after the night. There was joking about how the girl was so drunk she was “like a dead body”. There are quotes and texts stating that the boys took advantage because they “wanted some sexual attention”.

Some friends even dubbed “Rape Me” by Nirvana, the theme-song of the night.

So for a case that seems so utterly publicised and thus close-book, why are the criminals the one who get CNN’s sympathy? Is it because they are 17 years old and were drunk that night too?

Sorry, but when I was seventeen, I knew better. When I was a teenager if I saw a girl passed out a party, regardless of whether I myself were drunk, I would have helped her get home, not rape her. It’s not like 17 is so young you don’t know what morality, criminal behaviour or respect for women is yet.

Two young men see their classmate passed out and decide to rape her, revive her, staggeringly take her to various parties where they photograph her while doing various things to her, including urinating on her. They then posted these photos onto Twitter, all the while thinking it was a great joke.

Drunk or not, what they did was cruel and calculated and shows a complete lack of respect and lack of morality.

These boys should pay for this crime for the rest of their lives. Because we know this girl will.

CNN seem to have missed that fact completely.

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Categories: Crime, Gender issues, People

Author:Andrew Beato

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6 Comments on “Victim Blaming: Convicted rapist? Don’t worry, CNN will show you sympathy.”

  1. Jimbo
    March 28, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

    I could not agree more. CNN has lost the plot! These animals have gotten off lightly. They should have been sentenced as adults.

    • Jimbo
      March 28, 2013 at 3:18 pm #

      I fear there may be something very wrong with American society if more than just the CNN staff share these views.The reporters are talking like it was some sort of boyhood indiscretion like stealing some beer or joy riding in mums car… Not the rape, assault and public humiliation of a young girl!
      I can not even imagine how a 16 year old girl would even begins to recover from something like this.

  2. James Hill
    March 28, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

    The reporting on this case reminds me of the massive public support for Roman Polanski when he was recently taken into justice. The media and hollywood were up in arms about his arrest and supporting him, never mind that he had confessed to drugging and sodomizing a thirteen year old girl. It’s like if you’re enough of a celebrity (and high school football kids count, apparently) you get a pass on your crimes. These two deserve to be in jail, plain and simple.

  3. March 29, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

    Jesus, perhaps those boys should have considered the possible consequences of their actions beforehand. It never would have even occurred to me to do anything like that at that age.

  4. March 29, 2013 at 4:20 pm #

    Reblogged this on murderbymedia and commented:
    The media is insane.
    No surprises here…

  5. April 5, 2013 at 9:50 am #

    There are times that there is a grey area. This is not one of them and for CNN to insist it is is a little rich.

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