Troubling Missouri Rape Case Involving Football Players, Underage Drinking and Social Media is Steubenville All Over Again

daisy coleman cheerleaderA sexual assault case in Missouri is garnering national attention, drawing many comparisons to the Steubenville rape case after an investigative piece by The Kansas City Star titled “Nightmare in Maryville.”

Like Steubenville or not, the testimony of 14-year-old Daisy Coleman against football player and son of a former Republican representative Matt Barnett is haunting on a stand-alone basis.

The case against Barnett was dropped, but the teen and her mother, who discovered her “nearly unconscious” on the lawn of their home in early 2012, are now pleading to have it reopened.

Barnett allegedly had non-consensual sex with an intoxicated Coleman. Another boy claims to have filmed a portion of the encounter. Eventually, the Colemans were driven out of Maryville due to cyberbullying.

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Rape, Praise for Rapists and Threatening Rape Victims: Anything Goes in Steubenville

Steubenville rapistsNormally it’s stories of animal abuse that disturb me to the point of actually being distracted during my daily routine, but every once in a while a news report of human tragedy like the one in Sandy Hook comes along and reminds me that I’m not incapable of sympathy.

For me, it was Amanda Todd, the Canadian teen who was blackmailed and bullied so harshly over a topless screen capture that she took her own life. (The post-mortem online bashing pushed me over the what-is-happening-to-the-world edge.)

For others, it’s the Steubenville case in which two “promising” (as CNN reminded us) high school football players were found guilty of rape and sentenced to one and two years in a detention center.

The boys, wide receiver Ma’lik Richmond and quarterback Trent Mays, bragged about their exploits using a trifecta of social media that included Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, posting photos and videos of (and relating to) the unconscious victim.

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