Savannah Dietrich, 17, was raped by two of her peers — who then took pictures and showed them to all of their friends. Those two boys pled guilty to rape and to misdemeanor voyeurism, and Savannah was told she wasn't allowed to talk about it. You know, in the interest of protecting those boys' reputations.Yeah, you read that correctly. The Kentucky court system was more concerned with protecting the reputation of two rapists than of giving justice to the woman they assaulted. Because, you know, this is totally the kind of crime that's just a silly mistake or something. Ugh.Watch the video below for the whole story (and some pretty wonderful snark).
Due to the Internet's collective outrage, the charges against Savannah Dietrich have been dropped — but only because everyone now knows these boys' names. As well they should. This crime is inexcusable, and we do too much in this society to brush it off.
To learn more about how you can support victims of assault and abuse, visit the Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN). Or, if you need to talk, call them at 1-800-656-HOPE.