The Steubenville rape case: Thank you for not raping

Steubenville is not the exception. It is the rule for this national disgrace. Photo: Stop rape enablers

NEW YORK, March 19, 2013 - Maybe we need signs all over the country to prohibit rape, as we do against the sin of smoking. Worth a try, since smoking is down while raping is up. While we’re at it, we may consider taking up a national conversation about booze.  Those TV spots do have it right, after all: “It’s all about the beer.” Yup. Sure is.

The latest from This Bud’s for You territory comes to us from Steubenville, Ohio. That’s where two teenagers, always described by the media as “high school football stars,” were given sentences in a juvenile facility earlier this week for raping a 16-year-old girl during intoxicated football festivities last August.  The town has been torn apart by this scandal that’s given it unwelcome national attention.

Prosecutors tell us that during the drunken parties, the victim was treated like a “toy.” More arrests appear to be in the offing against those who may have aided and abetted and cheered while all that was going on. Two teenage girls have been arrested for threatening the victim on twitter.

This needs to be repeated: Two teenage girls threatened the victim.

Meanwhile, authorities are combing through tens of thousands of text messages that appear to bully the victim. Videos of the rape, meant to sensationalize and magnify the rape, have apparently been showing up on social networks as videos. That must be so fun.

LOL to you, Steubenville! 

But the rest of us should not be too quick to judge.

We appear to be living in an age where we’re focused on getting ourselves culturally and politically purified so that, yes, no smoking, no guns, no fatty foods, save the environment, protect Al Gore, but as we move along so busy and so self-satisfied at gaining perfection, we seem to have forgotten the most elementary commandment, to love our neighbors as ourselves.

That’s gotten so old, right?

Equally old is this: Do not do unto others what you would not want done to yourselves. God tweeted that one some time ago.

So rape is not enough anymore for this camera-ready generation that considers it cool and fame to add insult to injury by adding tweets and videos to sexual assault.

Rape? Join the fun, says this new and improved culture of ours – LMFAO.

This same generation throws a fit if you show up smoking.  Never mind their booze stinks up to high heaven and causes more fatalities than all the world’s guns put together.

Our mayors and our first ladies might to do well to re-focus their attention on toxic national behavior lest we ruin ourselves from within through depravity. First that, behavior, even before worrying about too much sugar in our soft drinks.

Along with the boozing and without the boozing, the facts are as follows from RAINN (Rape, Abuse, Incest, National Network): Rape is the most under-reported violent crime…44 percent of victims are under the age of 18…54 percent of sexual assaults are not reported to police…97 percent of rapists will never spend a day in jail…every two minutes someone in the United States is sexually assaulted.

So Steubenville is no exception; it is the rule.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine offers the perspective:

“I’m afraid people are going to walk away and say this was all about Steubenville.  It’s not. It’s a cultural problem.

“I’ll guarantee that there are crimes very similar to this that occur every Friday night and every Saturday night in communities across this country where you have people, particularly young people, who are drinking too much and a girl is taken advantage of, and a girl is raped.

“Such incidents stem from a larger social problem — a rampant lack of respect and human decency.

“One of the lessons of life is we have to take care of each other, and we have to try to help people and we have to do what’s right.

 

Jack Engelhard, a novelist for such moral dilemma bestsellers as The Bathsheba Deadline, The Girls of Cincinnati, and the classic Indecent Proposal, his memoir Escape From Mount Moriah, and Slot Attendant – A Novel About A Novelist, Engelhard’s partly autobiographical expose about the trials of making it as a writer, brings his words to the Communities page covering all topics, with special focus on the absurdity of human behavior and reaches around the globe.

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Jack Engelhard

Jack Engelhard enjoys international fame as a novelist for such moral dilemma bestsellers as The Bathsheba Deadline, The Girls of Cincinnati, and the classic Indecent Proposal, which was turned into film starring Robert Redford and Demi Moore. His memoir Escape From Mount Moriah has been acclaimed for excellence and a movie version was an official selection at CANNES. Slot Attendant – A Novel About A Novelist is Engelhard’s partly autobiographical expose about the trials of making it as a writer. Engelhard’s journalism covers all topics, with special focus on  the absurdity of human behavior, and reaches around the globe. He can be contacted at www.jackengelhard.com

 

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