WASHINGTON, March 22, 2013 —The Steubenville rape trial has brought social media to the mainstream in a very bad way. More details are promised on 20/20 tonight as the story continues to unfold, and the circle of accountability for the crime broadens. Two girls were arrested Monday for using social media to threaten the rape victim. There are also allegations that the cover up may have included the participation of coaches, faculty and parents.
According to a press release, ABC will air the first and only interview with defendant Ma’lik Richmond tonight at 10 p.m. on 20/20. Also shown will be interviews with family members, and never-before-seen materials and evidence surrounding the case. “20/20″ tells the inside story of what happened that night and in the days that followed.
The case is far too familiar to provoke a shocked response. Two over-empowered football players in small town USA take advantage of a drunken teenage girl at a party. This happens much too often for anyone to act as if they don’t know why. The way CNN covered the story says it all. Having more compassion for the rapists than the victim is the lesson taught to any child who watched the broadcast.
Steubenville, Ohio has a population of 16 thousand. The high school football stadium holds 10 thousand. The kids didn’t build the stadium, the adults did. The children of this country are taught at an early age certain privileges can be expected as a reward for outstanding sports ability. Certain rules can be bent or broken, depending on the performance of an athlete.
The kids don’t make these rules, they adapt to them. They are a product of the people in charge of their young lives. The lessons learned are a reflection of their environment. As parents we want them to succeed so rather than fight to change what we know is wrong, we buy into the whole system.
Until the adoration of a few at the expense of many is eliminated, don’t expect anything to change. The ten minutes of soul searching that usually follows an event like this will be a useless exercise producing no new results. The only new thing that may come out of this is a stern lecture on the dangers of getting in trouble with social media.
The behavior of a child is something learned from and dictated by adults. We can’t train them to be snakes and act shocked when they bite us.
All times are EST:
ABC: Last Man Standing: (New) After Mandy is accepted by two colleges, Kristin decides to re-evaluate her life; during a date with Ryan, Kristin runs into Jon (Jonathan Taylor Thomas), a former co-worker from the diner, who now owns a hip restaurant.
CBS: Undercover Boss: (Live) NCAA Basketball Tournament: First game: Iona vs. Iowa State. Second game: Iowa State vs. Notre Dame
FOX: Kitchen Nightmares: (Repeat) Chef Ramsay tries to repair a restaurant owner’s reputation.
NBC: Fashion Star: (New) This week, the designers are challenged to create a garment to flatter any and all body types.
CW: (Repeat): Target Presents the IHeartRadio Album Release Party with Justin Timberlake: Justin Timberlake discusses his 2013 album “The 20/20 Experience” and performs in concert at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles.
ABC: Malibu Country: (New) Reba’s family secretly orchestrates an online date for her, but her first encounter with Brad (Stacy Keach) does not go as planned; Reba comes to a realization about herself.
ABC: Shark Tank: (Repeat) A line of dresses made of pillowcases; a unique spatula; vitamin oral sprays; energy-boosting waffles.
FOX: Touch: (New) Martin pressures Calvin to assist with the search for Amelia and explain what Aster Corporation intends to do with her. Meanwhile, Jake’s brain scan helps Calvin in his quest to communicate with his brother and also discerns Amelia’s location.
NBC: Grimm: (New) A hideous fly-like creature feeds on human suffering by drinking tears.
CW: Cult: (New) Jake undergoes a revealing brain scan which provides new clues.
ABC: 20/20: (New) Student Ma’lik Richmond talks about the Steubenville sexual assault case.
NBC: Rock Center with Brian Williams: (New) Brian Williams interviews the Emanuel brothers: Chicago mayor Rahm, agent Ari and doctor Zeke. Also: juveniles who are locked in adult prisons; an elementary school in Lebanon, Tenn., that is home to 15 sets of twins; and news items from the week.
New episodes of:
Lost Gold of the Dark Ages at 8 p.m. on NGC
You Live in What? at 8 p.m. on HGTV
Yukon Men: Revealed at 8 p.m. on DSC
Four Weddings at 8 p.m. on TLC
Flea Market Flip at 9 p.m. on HGTV
Yukon Men at 9 p.m. on DSC
Explorer at 9 p.m. on NGC
Ghost Adventures at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel
Tanked at 9 p.m. on Animal Planet
Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on TLC
Bering Sea Gold at 10 p.m. on DSC
Out There at 10 p.m. on IFC
Something Borrowed, Something New at 10 p.m. on TLC
House Hunters International at 10:30 p.m. on HGTV
For movie lovers:
The Dead Pool on ENC
Muriel’s Wedding on FLIX
X-Men: The Last Stand on FMC
Horrible Bosses on HBO
War Horse on SHO
Scarface on SPIKE
State and Main on SUND
Amore on TCM
The Hangover Part II at 9:15 p.m. on CINEMAX
Flowers of Saint Francis at 9:30 p.m. on TCM
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo at 9:35 p.m. on ENC
The Princess Bride at 10 p.m. on BRAVO
Mr. Wrong at 10 p.m. on FLIX
Showgirls at 10 p.m. on MOMAX
50/50 on TMC
X-Men: The Last Stand at 10:30 p.m. on FMC
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