The Atlantic Wire has done some truly craptacular reporting on the Steubenville rape trial. Gems like the ironically titled Everything You Need to Know About Steubenville High’s Football ‘Rape Crew’ and the not to be forgotten Steubenville smear Why Nobody Trusts Steubenville
And now a piece whose very headline is a lie designed to create straw man that will inflame emotions…and pre trial.
The Atlantic Wire presents The Steubenville Defense Will Center on Date Rape Not Existing
that hasn’t stopped Richmond’s attorney from using Jane Doe’s so-called “silence” against her: “The person who is the accuser here is silent just as she was that night, and that’s because there was consent,” Madison said.
May we take a minute, while allowing all due process to run its course, to remind America that date rape exists? That under the law, even though a woman or girl may accompany her attacker, that does not equal consent? And that, under the law, a woman or girl under the influence of drugs or alcohol, willingly or unwillingly, is not at fault for being sexually assaulted?
Here’s what the author has done. They present as fact the idea that defense will say ‘date rape doesn’t exist.’ Then they go on to attack the idea that date rape doesn’t exist.
I don’t know what the defense will say but it won’t be that date rape doesn’t exist, because that’s stupid.