Teen Rape Victim Facing Jail Time for Tweeting the Names of Her Rapists
What’s worse than tag-team raping an unconscious teenage girl, recording the sexual assault, and then sharing the brutal photoshoot with some pals?
One young girl is finding out that in the eyes of the Kentucky legal system, simply identifying the pair of rapists that destroyed her life.
Savannah Dietrich of Louisville told The Courier-Journal she is frustrated by what she feels is a lenient deal for her attackers. After posting the names on Twitter, Dietrich wrote, “I’m not protecting anyone that made my life a living Hell.”
The Associated Press does not normally report the names of sexual assault victims, but Dietrich and her parents say they do not want to shield her identity and want her case to be public.
Savannah Dietrich bravely refused to be shamed by her attackers, and identified herself as the victim after Judge Dee McDonald ordered her and her rapists not to speak about the crime. When her attackers were offered a plea bargain by the court, Dietrich broke the judge’s gag order and revealed the names of her attackers on Twitter.
Afterward, Dietrich tweeted, “They said I can’t talk about it or I’ll be locked up. … Protect rapist is more important than getting justice for the victim in Louisville.”
Dietrich is now facing up to 180 days in jail and a $500 fine for contempt.
Please take a moment to lend your support to Savannah Dietrich by signing this petition demanding charges against her be dropped.
What planet are we living on?
(via Seattle Times)