Steubenville Ohio Culture
Last Sunday, in Steubenville, Ohio, high school football star Trent Mays was convicted of raping his 16-year-old girlfriend, a 16-year-old girl. The facts of the case revolve around a party that took place last August at a high school party for the junior football team, the St. John's High School Red Devils, in Steuben County, Michigan. Only yesterday, I read an article in the New York Times about a man arrested for raping Jane Doe, who was not even a victim of rape, but rather an innocent bystander.
A few days later, the attack attracted national attention when a former Steubenville resident who now lives in Columbus began blogging about it.
This trove of documentation and evidence gives us a deeper understanding of the Steubenville rape than anything we've ever had. The performance was an opportunity to discuss the so-called "Steuben County Rape" and its impact on the community. It was undoubtedly a cheap act, but it is worth taking a look at, and not just for the cheapness.
In 1938, members of the West Virginia Archaeological Society discovered the East Steubenville site perched on the site of a former coal mine in the heart of an ancient mining town. Thirteen years later, an archaeologist at the Carnegie Museum was commissioned to define and literally rewrite the region's Indian prehistory. The tide had turned and it became one of the most important archaeological discoveries in America in more than a century.
For years, the small town of Steubenville, Ohio, was known for its Jimmie Johnson High School high school football team. But it hit global headlines in 2012 when two footballers were accused of raping and sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl by the school's football coach.
This has been the case and has sparked a national debate about the concept of rape culture. When the guilty verdicts were announced, the mainstream media became increasingly concerned about victim advocacy - and blamed rape cultures. I fear that things would have been very different in Steubenville, Ohio, if everyone had left too much of their privacy to social media, with all the oversharing.
The rapists who fed the environment and the bystanders who turned a blind eye to the crime that was going on in front of them are to blame. My sympathy goes out to the perpetrators, even if they are innocent, because they too profess the culture of rape. I'm not sure what to do. M also feels compassion for the people and institutions who tried to cover up the crimes, but not for the victims.
First, I want to acknowledge the culture of rape in which Steubenville is located and to which he belongs. Marshall University defines rape culture as "an environment in which rape is widespread and sexual violence against women is normalized and excused in the media and popular culture environment. Rape culture refers to a complex belief system that tolerates and sometimes even encourages sexual aggression and violence against women by men. This case therefore offers us the opportunity to act in a way that could have prevented these crimes in the first place.
I believe that rape culture is an adult culture that treats teenagers like gods while they play games. The fact is that the conversations, jokes and actions that normalise rape are part of sport.
It is important to educate young people and communities alike about rape culture and sexual violence in our communities. I also believe that there is a danger that the focus on football here will distract from the bigger picture, namely the danger we are in as regards the problem of sexual violence.
Steubenville Schools has partnered with the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence, based in Cleveland, to provide high school-level education to students concerned about the prevention of sexual assault. Steuben County, Ohio, the largest county in Ohio by population, had a population of 124,454 in 2010 and is located across the Ohio River and 33 miles from Pittsburgh. It is the second largest city in Ohio with a population of over 100,000 and has the highest rate of sexual violence per capita among cities and counties in Ohio, averaging 1.5 rapes per 1,500 residents per year, according to the US Census Bureau. At the 2010 census, it had 18,659 residents, but it is home to more than 2,200 people per square mile, or about 1 / 4 of Ohio's total population.
Steubenville is the second largest city in Ohio with a population of over 100,000 and has the highest rate of sexual violence per capita among cities and counties in Ohio, according to the US Census Bureau. It is home to more than 2,200 people per square mile, about a quarter of Ohio's total population, and closely resembles Cleveland, Ohio, the state's second most populous city.
Steubenville is a small, former steel town on the Ohio River in the southern part of the state of Ohio, north of Cleveland.