Even if those involved in the Steubenville rape case in Ohio wanted to they can't push the violent act to the back of the minds of the town's other residents now as a moving billboard is preventing it according to a Thursday WKBN News account.
Hitched to the back of a truck, and making it easy to pull through the town of the "Big Red" football team, the big blue sign touts this message to Attorney General Mike DeWine: "Prosecute everyone who participated in the rape of a 16-year-old girl in Steubenville, including those who posted photos and videos on the Internet instead of trying to stop or report the crime. The world is watching Steubenville."
Indeed, the world is watching Steubenville. They want to see if justice is meted out in the horrible rape (and for the filthy photos and talk about it afterward).
And the town in Ohio is taking note, lodging their own complaints against the new Twitter and Facebook judge and jury members trying to preside over them according to Cleveland.com.
The online paper says that the town's residents and officials are pushing back against the negative image they have gotten as a result of the two football players arrested in the rape case. But shouldn't they be blaming the boys who are alleged to have committed the dastardly deed instead of people shocked by it?
The town's citizens don't think so, and creating rallies titled "Stand up for Steubenville Youth," while officials in the city chose to launch a website to provide more of a media presence on the topic, titling it "Steubenville Facts."
The Ohio case involved the photographing of a young girl being victimized in a myriad of ways, and all while she lay unconscious at one party after another, since the perpetrators moved her from one location to the next, shockingly. Many believe the victim was given a date rate drug unknowingly, then used like a rag doll for decrepit boys' pleasure and amusement. And on top of that the guests in attendance at each party joined in the merriment by taking and posting photos of the victim onto social media.
And the town wonders why the rest of the people in the country are outraged?
Ohio's AG Mike DeWine appears to have his work cut out for him in the Steubenville rape case: Balancing the need for justice for a sexually victimized young woman while also ensuring a fair trial for those accused. And he's got to do it under the watchful eye of the world because 70,000 UltraViolet members say so on a moving billboard--and so does the outraged jury members on Twitter and Facebook.
And those jury members are toppling regimes in the MiddleEast, in case DeWine hasn't noticed, despite the "facts and fiction" reported from Steubenville.
(Moving billboard sign photo credit: WKBN.com)